PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Federal authorities have charged two men in connection with an identity theft scheme that targeted TD Bank and breached the personal information of dozens of customers at a Montgomery County health benefits company.

Federal prosecutors say Kenneth Osbourne and Sheldon Hylton, both of Philadelphia, were the ringleaders. Authorities say Osbourne worked as a customer service representaitve at AmeriHealth Administrators in Fort Washington and he accessed the personal information of more than 80 customers.

According to court documents, Osbourne texted the information to Hylton who would make up counterfeit checks. Assistant US Attorney Karen Klotz says runners would take the checks to TD Bank.

“Total amount of the counterfeit checks that were deposited is about $290,000 and what the co-conspirators were able to successfully withdraw is around $190,000.”

Klotz says they would use the same teller each time to withdraw the money because he was allegedly in on the scheme. That man has already pleaded guilty. The charges include bank fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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