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St. Joe's student charged with theft and wire fraud

Jorry Senestant

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice announced today that a student at St. Joseph’s University of Philadelphia was charged with stealing from an employee of the university to pay for his tuition. According to the FBI’s press release from the local Philadelphia office, Jorry Senestant, 22, also of Philadelphia is charged with unauthorized access to a computer in furtherance of committing wire fraud. Jorry Senestant was a member of the St. Joe’s track and field team, according to the school’s website.

The FBI and DOJ alleged that Senestant who was majoring in computer science, that Senestant gained unauthorized access to a computer file that contained information relating to an employee’s of the school. In that file Senestant was able to find that victim’s bank account number and routing number. It is alleged that Senestant then had $13,000 transferred to his own student account at the university. In doing so, it is alleged that Senestant committed wire fraud. Senestant was planning to use the funds that were stolen to pay his own tuition at the school according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger. This all occurred without the knowledge or permission of the university or the university employee.

Defense attorney Jonathan Sobel stated that his client “He's acknowledged that he’s made a terrible mistake and is accepting responsibility for that” and that “He wants to have the matter resolved as quickly and as painlessly as possible and not to have to put the government through any other unneeded hoops to resolve it.” Sobel also stated that when the allege theft occurred St. Joseph’s University did not let Senestant re-enrolled for the spring semester.

According to the press release of the FBI’s Senestant faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, restitution, and a $100 special assessment. According to Sobel, Senestant will plead guilty during a hearing July 15. According to the St. Joseph’s University website, Senestant was the “Captain of track team as a senior...Set personal records in 400m (51.12) and 800m (2:04) senior year...Placed second in 400m at division championships as a junior...Took third place in 200m championships as a freshman...Lettered three years in track.”

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