PHILADELPHIA – A local handyman was charged last week with stealing an 80-year-old man’s Franklin Mint FCU ATM card to steal more than $70,000 from the elderly member’s credit union account.

Police say a fraud investigator for the credit union discovered that the elderly member was missing $71,180.50, and a handyman he hired in May had access to his home at various time for various projects.

The senior customer had called the credit union and requested a new ATM card, saying he hadn’t received his in the mail. It turned out the card was intercepted by the handyman, identified as 23-year-old Antonio Puzzangara, 23, who used to make withdrawals form the member’s account. Puzzangara was shown on credit union video surveillance tape making withdrawals on the member’s card.

Puzzangara was charged with 200 counts of access device fraud and related identity theft offenses. He is behind bars at the county prison in lieu of 10% of $50,000 bail on this case.

According to credit union records, between June and September, there were 220 unauthorized transactions at various branch locations, and at ATM machines at various Wawa stores. Transactions between July 23 and July 28 occurred in North Wildwood, N.J.

 

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