A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court for Utah to one count of bank fraud in a scheme to defraud Central Bank and Trust, Provo, of nearly $15,000.
Paul Pussanghera, 40, Boston, admitted opening an account at the bank under an alias on Feb. 13, 1985, and then depositing three checks totaling $17,680 within seven days.But before the bank found out the last two checks were bad Pussanghera withdrew $14,830.75 from the account, prosecutors said.
One of the checks was written on a closed account with a Nevada savings and loan, and the other was from co-defendant Marsha Garhrett, who has not been apprehended.
In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second count of bank fraud against Pussanghera, who has a federal prison parole date in spring 1989 on another fraud conviction.
Judge Aldon Anderson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 12. Prosecutors told the judge they have agreed to recommend the defendant be placed on probation once he is released on the other conviction.