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4 men facing federal fraud charges

On Aug. 19, four men in Pennsylvania were indicted on serious federal charges based on their alleged involvement in activity relating to health care fraud and controlled substances. The U.S. Attorney's Office claims the four men aided and abetted one another as a part of a scheme to receive benefits through a health program under false or fraudulent pretenses. The scheme had allegedly been ongoing since January 2010, until authorities executed the federal warrant on July 8, 2013.

Pittsburgh veteran pleads guilty to kidnapping underage girl

On Aug. 12, a 33-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping a minor in Pittsburgh. According to media reports, the man allegedly kidnapped the minor, who was a family friend, to South Dakota in order to continue an illicit relationship.

Pennsylvania court to sentence man involved in international scam

A man who pleaded guilty to being involved in a swindle that involved an international trading program that never existed was scheduled to be sentenced in a Pennsylvania court on Aug. 14. According to the report, the man, who was based out of Fort Meyers, Florida, was indicted in December of wire fraud. He ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges in March.

Woman admits to stealing $700,000 from car dealership

On Aug. 7, a woman pleaded guilty to stealing funds from the Pittsburgh-area car dealership she was formerly employed by. The 61-year-old woman reportedly stole a total of $700,000 from South Hills Volkswagen while she worked as the company's office manager. Her charges included federal fraud and filing a false tax return. The New Castle woman is scheduled to receive her sentence in Pittsburgh federal court on Nov. 20.

Pennsylvania business owner indicted for alleged tax evasion

The majority owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins' main practice rink has been indicted for tax fraud. On July 29, the 59-year-old owner of Iceoplex at Southpointe was indicted by a federal grand jury on 10 counts of failure to pay and one count of obstruction of the Internal Revenue Code. The alleged tax evasion reportedly adds up to $1 million in unpaid taxes.

Pennsylvania woman facing federal embezzlement charges

According to federal prosecutors, a former office manager for a Pennsylvania repossession company located in Whitehall Township reportedly embezzled almost $562,000 from the business. In addition, the woman allegedly underreported her income in order to avoid paying over $44,000 in federal taxes. On July 21, federal prosecutors charged her with tax evasion, identity theft and wire fraud. The federal charges are expected to replace charges filed against her in 2012.

Pennsylvania defense contractor faces fraud charges

The president of a firm tasked with producing parts for military helicopters has been charged in relation to an alleged fraud involving false billing. Prosecutors claim that the firm fraudulently billed the federal government for $1.2 million in relation to its work on drive shaft couplings for Chinook helicopters. The defendant in the case is also the majority owner of the helicopter component contractor, which is based in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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