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New York man pleads guilty to swindling Giant Eagle out of $90K

Natasha Lindstrom
| Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 6:57 p.m.
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A New York man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to swindle Giant Eagle stores in Western Pennsylvania out of $90,000, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh said Tuesday.

Corey W. Howard, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was convicted on one count of conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

In June 2016, Howard and co-conspirators used counterfeit credit cards to purchase more than $90,000 worth of gift cards and merchandise at multiple Giant Eagle locations, prosecutors said.

Howard faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory C. Melucci prosecuted the case with help from the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency effort to combat financial crimes.

The investigation that led to Howard’s prosecution involved the Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security, Allegheny County District Attorney’s office and state police as well as police from Allegheny County, Pittsburgh and Robinson Township.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer scheduled a sentencing for Jan. 31.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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