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Tarentum cycle shop employee indicted for stealing from business

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

An employee of Tarentum-based Gatto Cycle Shop was indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing from the business.

A 10-count indictment handed down on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh named Brandon Bucinski, 33, of Eighth Avenue, Brackenridge, as the sole defendant.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton's office in Pittsburgh claims Bucinski defrauded Gatto Cycle Shop of the proceeds from on-line sales of certain merchandise on eBay.

Bucinski was employed by Gatto to sell Gatto merchandise on eBay and to have the buyer remit the proceeds of sale to Gatto's PayPal accounts, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Bucinski sold the Gatto merchandise using his personal eBay and PayPal accounts and kept the proceeds from the sales for himself, according to the federal officials.

The Secret Service, along with Tarentum police and detectives from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, conducted the investigation.

Tarentum police Chief Bill Vakulick said his department was contacted initially by the cycle shop, which has its headquarters in Tarentum, with another store in the North Hills.

“We looked into it and it was involving both stores, so we called in the county because it involved two different jurisdictions,” Vakulick said.

There was no response to a reporter's call to the cycle shop seeking comment. Bucinski does not have a phone listing and could not be reached for comment.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 200 years in prison, a fine of $2.5 million, or both. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting the case.

Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or tyerace@tribweb.com.

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