SAN FRANCISCO – LAWFUEL – US Justice & Law Newswire – United Sta…

SAN FRANCISCO – LAWFUEL – US Justice & Law Newswire – United States Attorney Scott N. Schools announced that Antonio Musni, age 35, of San Francisco, was arrested today on a no bail arrest warrant that was issued after a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Musni on June 19, 2007, for six counts of bank fraud, one count of mail fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of unlawful use of unauthorized access devices, in connection with Musni’s opening of seven different credit card and loan accounts in the victim’s name between April 2006 and February 2007. Musni appeared this morning before the Hon. Bernard Zimmerman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, to be arraigned on the indictment. Musni was released pursuant to certain conditions and ordered to appear before the Hon. Maxine M. Chesney on July 11, 2007, at 2:30 p.m., for his initial appearance in district court.

Musni is charged with applying for various financial products in the victim’s name and thereafter making tens of thousands of dollars in charges on credit cards and taking out two separate $5,000 loans in the victim’s name. Musni obtained at least some of the victim’s identifying information for use on the various applications by accessing the victim’s confidential patient records at Musni’s place of employment, U.C. San Francisco.

The penalty for each count of bank fraud is up to thirty (30) years of imprisonment and a five year term of supervised release. The penalty for mail fraud is up to twenty (20) years and a three year term of supervised release. The penalty for aggravated identity theft is a mandatory 2 years of imprisonment consecutive to any sentence received on a bank fraud or mail fraud count. The penalty for unlawful use of unauthorized access devices is up to ten (10) years and a three year term of supervised release. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

An indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Mr. Musni must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Jeffrey Finigan is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Rawaty Yim. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance and cooperation of the UCSF Police Department.

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