- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A couple who once lived outside Pittsburgh is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in what prosecutors said was a scheme to use cellphones to steal personal information from Wal-Mart customers.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1Ldsy3t ) that 32-year-old Jennifer MacVittie and her 35-year-old husband Robert pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

Investigators say they traveled the country to steal identities they used to forge checks and turn them into prepaid store cards at Wal-Marts.

They say security videos show Jennifer MacVittie standing off to the side of victims, using her cellphone to zoom in to record their Social Security numbers, a tactic called “shoulder surfing.”

Sentencing is scheduled for January. The MacVitties don’t appear to have a listed home phone number.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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