Federal prosecutors say an accused bank robber on trial in Philadelphia never needed a gun or demand note to steal people's money.


 

Federal prosecutors say an accused bank robber on trial in Philadelphia never needed a gun or demand note to steal people's money.

Instead, they say the "Don Juan"-style thief romanced bank workers to get the victims' account information.

Miguel Bell is accused of being the ringleader of a $1 million identity-theft ring that came crashing down in 2009 when he smashed a rental car into a tree. Police say they found a cache of fake credit cards and drivers' licenses inside.

Fifteen people have pleaded guilty in the case, including three former paramours — a PNC bank branch manager, a Wachovia Bank teller and a Colonial Penn Insurance Co. employee. Bell's lawyer questioned the credibility of the defendants-turned-witnesses.

The case goes to a jury Friday after a two-week trial.


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