Upper St. Clair man who stole to pay for lavish house going to prison
By Brian Bowling
Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 6:06 p.m.
An Upper St. Clair man who stole more than $1.3 million from his partners at two businesses will spend five years and 11 months in prison, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
A federal jury in November convicted Neale J. Misquitta, 48, on five counts of mail fraud while acquitting him on three other counts.
Between 2005 and 2008, Misquitta filed dozens of fraudulent expense reports and vouchers with Key Environmental Inc. and Field and Technical Services LLC so that he could use the companies' money to help build his new home, prosecutors say.
Some of the items the companies paid for included a heated driveway, a $4,000 door for his wine cellar and nearly $60,000 worth of electrical work, prosecutors say.
Misquitta claimed that his partners knew of and condoned what he was doing, but U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch concluded that a document Misquitta introduced to prove that point was fake and contradicted by the evidence.
Bloch also sentenced Misquitta to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $1.3 million in restitution.
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