Former Kennedy officer given probation in fraud case
A police officer committing mail fraud is worse than a regular citizen committing mail fraud, but a former Kennedy officer deserves a second chance, a federal judge decided Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill sentenced Frank Caligiuri Jr., 42, of Robinson to two years of probation, starting with four months of home detention, so he can attend classes in computer numerical control machining at the University of Pittsburgh's Harmar campus.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Karl argued against Cohill showing Caligiuri leniency. When police officers commit fraud, it “runs the risk of eroding the public's trust,” he said.
Cohill agreed that Caligiuri's crime was particularly egregious because he was a police officer.
“But I think you also have a good shot at rehabilitation, and we're going to give you that chance,” he said.
Caligiuri told the judge that the course has a 95 percent placement rate, and the occupation has a starting salary of at least $50,000.
He and his attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Thomas Livingston, declined comment after the hearing.
Caligiuri pleaded guilty in July to mail fraud. He filed a motor vehicle theft claim with GEICO on his 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle so that he could collect about $14,900, prosecutors said.
When federal prosecutors charged Caligiuri in November 2011, he was facing state charges of drunken driving and striking a pedestrian on West Carson Street in the South Side. The state charges were later thrown out.
Caligiuri voluntarily resigned from the police force shortly after prosecutors filed the federal charges.
Cohill also sentenced Caligiuri to perform 100 hours of community service and pay $14,925 in restitution to GEICO, but that amount will be reduced by the $5,800 the government obtained by auctioning off his motorcycle.
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Martin, Comeau depart Penguins via free agency
- Donora-Webster Bridge plunges into Mon River after 106 years
- Judge revokes bail for Plum High School teacher
- Obama: U.S. embassy in Havana marks ‘new chapter’ in Cuba ties
- Pirates grind out extra-inning win against testy Tigers
- In historic vote, Legislature approves bill selling state liquor stores
- Union to work while ATI talks continue
- Police seek suspect who robbed Downtown McDonald’s on Tuesday
- Rival Westmoreland vape shops develop own specialties
- Shopping season starts up for Penguins amid onset of free agency
- Pa. could ease restrictions on fireworks, reaping big bang in taxes