Penn Hills father, son accused of stealing $123K to feed gambling habit
By Margaret Harding
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 11:12 a.m.
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.
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