MC man sentenced for access device fraud
SUNBURY - A Mount Carmel man charged with using another person's Social Security number to rack up approximately $2,000 in bills and stealing a credit card from a woman to make more than $1,800 worth of purchases has been ordered to spend between 18 months and 5 years in state prison.
Barry T. Adams, 31, of 111 N. Market St., who pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to four counts of access device fraud, received the jail sentence Monday from Northumberland County President Judge William H. Wiest.
The sentence, which is in the top of the standard range for the offenses, also orders Adams to make full restitution to the victims and pay fines and costs.
The jail time was imposed on one felony count of access device fraud. He also received a concurrent sentence of 9 to 24 months in state prison on three misdemeanor counts of access device fraud.
According to criminal complaints filed by Mount Carmel police, Adams allegedly used the Social Security number of David Urbanowicz to open up cell phone accounts in January and March 2013 from three different cell phone companies, running up bills totaling $1,906.61.
Adams also was charged by borough police with stealing a Discover card owned by Barbara Puketza in December 2012 and using it to purchase items and withdraw money from the victim's account. Police said total restitution in the theft is $1,816.18.
The defendant was represented by public defender Paige Rosini. Assistant district attorney William Cole served as the prosecutor.
Adams is awaiting a pre-trial conference on rape and related offenses filed by Mount Carmel police. He is accused of drugging four women and sexually assaulting them at his residence.