Penn Hills father, son accused of stealing $123K to feed gambling habit
A father and son from Penn Hills accused of stealing $123,500 surrendered to authorities on Wednesday.
Detectives with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday charged Joseph Kocott Sr., 43, and Joseph Kocott Jr., 25, with conspiracy and theft by deception.
Investigators said the men received a check for $123,500 from Graycomm, a consulting business, in exchange for 3,200 TV converter boxes that Graycomm was to provide to a company in Chile. But the men never shipped the boxes, spending the money at Rivers Casino, according to a criminal complaint.
Mike Manko, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said investigators believe that additional businesses may have fallen victim to the men.
They are being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bond, court records show. Their attorney, Michael DeRiso, did not return a message seeking comment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 16 before District Judge Leonard Hromyak.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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.
- Steelers clinch playoff berth with win over Chiefs
- Starkey: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt
- Groom cited at Farmington wedding reception being filmed for reality TV show
- NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Pitt players support Rudolph for job
- Car wash explosion, fire injures 2 in McDonald
- Pitt football fights to overcome steppingstone status
- Police investigate alleged institutional sexual assault at Pine youth treatment center
- Daily Courier roundup: Ice Miners win 20-round shootout
- Outdoor notices: Dec. 22, 2014