Harrington men arrested on theft charges

25-year-old Brian Pogats; 39-year-old Frederick Spiezio (Left to Right) – Harrington Police Dept.

A Harrington duo were arrested on theft charges after police say they illegally transferred money out of other people’s bank accounts to multiple online finance applications.

According to the Harrington Police Department, on Friday, March 4, officers arrested 39-year-old Frederick A. Spiezio and 25-year-old Brian M. Pogats, both of Harrington, on numerous theft and attempted theft charges.

At the end of February, police say officers were contacted by the victims who reported several unauthorized transactions from their bank account after they discovered their funds were being illicitly and electronically transferred to multiple online finance applications.

During the course of the investigation, officers were able to link the online accounts to both Mr. Spiezio and Mr. Pogats. Both were taken into custody without incident.

Spiezio was charged with 3 counts Theft Under $1500 where victim is 62 years of age or older (G Felony), 3 counts Attempted Theft Under $1500 victim is 62 years of age or older (G Felony), Conspiracy 2nd Degree (G Felony), 2 counts Theft Under $1500, (A misdemeanor), and 3 Counts Attempted Theft Under $1500 (A misdemeanor).

Pogats was charged with 3 counts Attempted Theft Under $1500 victim is 62 years of age or older (G Felony), 2 counts Theft Under $1500 where victim is 62 years of age or older (G Felony), Conspiracy 2nd Degree (G Felony), 3 Counts Attempted Theft Under $1500 (A misdemeanor), and Theft Under $1500, (A misdemeanor).

Both were released on their Own Recognizance Bond pending future court appearances.

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