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February 2015 Archives

Man indicted for 6 bank robberies

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a Pennsylvania man on six different counts of bank robbery. According to the indictment, the 33-year-old Allegheny County resident robbed six banks between Dec. 1, 2014 and Jan. 16, 2015. If convicted of the federal charges, the accused man could face up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 per count.

Pennsylvania woman sentenced to prison in federal drug case

In Pennsylvania, a woman who pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges on July 28, 2014, has now been sentenced to 27 months in prison. News sources say that the 32-year-old Waynesboro woman appeared in front of a U.S. District Court judge for sentencing on Feb. 10. A release issued by the office of United States Attorney of the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicates that the woman was part of an organization that distributed cocaine hydrochloride in three states from 2010 until 2013.

20 people sentenced for welfare fraud

The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General announced that twenty people were sentenced for welfare fraud. The alleged crimes involved fraudulent claims for SNAP food benefits and cash assistance benefits. Many of the accused individuals were sentenced to probation, and their probation sentences ranged between about six months to two years.

Defense representation for conspiracy charges

If you are a Pennsylvania resident facing federal drug charges, the prosecutor in your case may have added a charge of conspiracy. This is a serious charge that could result in your conviction even if you are not convicted of selling, trafficking or manufacturing drugs.

Elected official to plead guilty on extortion charges

The former state treasurer of Pennsylvania was charged with two counts of extortion related to his dealings with a law firm and a property-management firm. The charges state that he used his position to intimidate two potential campaign donors. He issued verbal threats of possible retaliation if they did not donate. He could face up to 40 years in prison if the maximum penalty for both charges is issued.

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