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Munhall man pleads guilty to compensation fraud

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 12:06 a.m.
 

A Munhall man pleaded guilty in federal court last week for stealing more than $18,000 in compensation and benefits from the federal government.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Thursday that William J. Miller Jr., 52, pleaded guilty to one felony count of federal employees' compensation fraud before Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill Jr.

According to information presented during the plea, Miller — who was self-employed at the time — applied for and received approximately $18,104 in compensation checks between March and November 2011 while concealing the fact that he was involved in a business enterprise and self-employed.

The Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. The actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and any prior criminal history.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 29.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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