BALTIMORE (AP) — Three people have been charged in a federal indictment in connection with a bank fraud scheme that spanned Maryland and Pennsylvania, and possibly other locations.

Prosecutors say the trio opened checking accounts and deposited fraudulent checks into the accounts, then used the associated check cards at ATM machines to make cash withdrawals. They also allegedly used the check cards to obtain services, such as utilities, cable, and cellular phone service, and make purchases at restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations.

Prosecutors say the defendants made fraudulent identification documents using the personal information of others to aid them in the scheme.

Tuesday’s indictment charges Christopher Andre Devine, Quanishia Williamson-Ross and Lenee E. Williamson with bank fraud conspiracy, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of false identification documents.

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