HARRISBURG, Penn. – A woman was sent to state jail for up to 90 months for stealing her sister’s Social Security number to open an account at Pennsylvania State Employees CU using a phony name.

Patricia Gadaleta, 52, opened a checking/saving account with the credit union using the Social Security number of her sister, Elaine Bieniakowski, of Waterford, N.J., under the name of E.L. Galletta. She was accused of depositing three checks to the account in various amounts with all being returned for either being on closed accounts or other reasons. Prior to the return of the checks she made withdrawals from the account of almost $3,000.

Before imposing sentence, the judge called Gadaleta a con woman who uses other people by deceit to get money.

Gadaleta still has about three more criminal cases pending against her stemming from the purchase of dogs using an alleged alias and not paying for them.


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