Steelton man sentenced to probation in PSECU scam

Sammee Childs (Dauphin County District Attorney's Office)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Steelton man will spend nearly two years on probation for his role in a check-depositing scam that targeted the Pennsylvania State Employee’s Credit Union.

Sammee D. Childs also was ordered to pay $952.12 in restitution this week after he was found guilty of theft and conspiracy, according to the Dauphin County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Childs was one of several accomplices to Masharad Carter, a Harrisburg man convicted of orchestrating the scam that defrauded PSECU of more than $22,000.

Masharad Carter
Masharad Carter

Carter promised quick money to PSECU members who agreed to provide their debit card and personal identification number. He then deposited stolen checks into their accounts and immediately withdrew cash.

Carter would give a portion of the money to the account holder and instruct them to report their debit card and pin number had been stolen, authorities said.

Carter and his other co-conspirators pleaded guilty, but prosecutors said Childs went to trial and argued that he was not a willing accomplice, but a victim of the scam.

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