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David Alan Powers of Tarpon Springs, FL, Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Nearly $50,000 from SunTrust Bank Customers

person-holding-100-us-dollar-banknotes-2068975-300x200Police in Cobb County have issued arrest warrants for a Tarpon Springs man accused of posing as customers of SunTrust Bank and withdrawing almost $50,000 from their accounts.

David Alan Powers of Tarpon Springs, FL, is wanted on multiple counts of identity fraud and theft. Records show he hasn’t yet been taken into custody by police, but he will be denied bond if apprehended because of his prior records. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.

According to the Cobb Sheriff’s Office, Powers, 56, is accused of posing as bank customers and stealing cash from six different SunTrust Bank branches on three separate days in May 2019. He allegedly used fake IDs containing the names of three bank customers: Michael Slack, John Staub, and Chris Galloway. Police did not say how he obtained those names.

The arrest warrant states that Powers visited SunTrust Bank locations at 3379 South Cobb Drive and 2784 Cumberland Parkway on May 17. He allegedly presented a fake ID with the name “Michael Slack” and withdrew $7,200 from the branch on South Cobb Drive, and $7,600 from the Cumberland Parkway location.

On May 22, Powers did the same thing at SunTrust Bank locations on 1331 Johnson Ferry Road and 47 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, and 1184 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw. This time he allegedly used an ID with the name “John Staub” and withdrew $8,000 from the Johnson Ferry Road location; $7,700 from the location on Whitlock Avenue; and $4,700 from the Barrett Parkway branch.

Less than a week later, on May 28, Powers allegedly returned to the bank location on Whitlock Avenue and posed as “Chris Galloway.” This time he managed to obtain $7,200 in cash from the bank, according to the warrant. He then went to another branch at 2600 Dallas Highway in Marietta and withdrew $7,200. It is not clear what circumstances led to the discovery of the purported ruse.

Identity theft is one of the most common crimes prosecuted in South Florida. It occurs when someone forges another person’s signature or uses someone else’s name, address, or credit card information for personal gain.

Crimes of identity theft range from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. Depending on the specific type of identity theft charge, the penalties of a conviction include fines and a maximum sentence of 5 years, 20 years, or 30 years in prison per count.

Some types of identity theft charges have a mandatory minimum prison sentence. For instance, Criminal Use of Personal Information carries a minimum sentence of three years if the alleged crime involved $5,000 or more.

Regardless of how minor or serious the situation may seem, it is vital for anyone accused of identity theft of contact an experienced attorney who can go through the facts and come up with a solid defense strategy.

South Florida Identity Theft Attorney

If you are involved in an identity theft case, then you should hire an attorney. Contact Brian Silber, P.A. to set up a free initial consultation and work with one of South Florida’s most experienced identity theft attorneys.

Source: 1.3.20 Florida man accused of taking almost $50,000 from bank customers in Cobb county.pdf