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6 face federal charges in bank fraud scheme

Federal agents have charged six people, including two former bank employees, for their involvement with a bank fraud ring that bilked customers out of at least $200,000.

The charges against Staley Bryant III, a former NationsBank manager, and bank clerk Tamela Robinson, both of Tampa, include conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft.

The charges were filed Friday, about a month after some of the suspects were charged in state court.

Secret Service Agent James Previtera told a U.S. magistrate the same ring may be responsible for an earlier plot in Miami.

Investigators said two Miami men _ Mauricio Rodriguez and Ernest Patrick Price _ used their college connection to Bryant to get information on wealthy account holders. Members of the ring then posed as customers and withdrew large amounts of cash.

The other defendants charged in the case are Pedro Suris and Olga Casanova, of Miami.

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