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Pittsburgh cop accused of lying to feds set to plead guilty

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

A Pittsburgh police officer accused of lying to federal investigators will plead guilty next month in federal court, records show.

A plea hearing for Antoine Cain, 49, is scheduled for Jan. 15 in front of U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab. He is set to waive his right to indictment by a grand jury and plead guilty.

Cain was charged Nov. 27 with two counts of making false statements to government agents, according to information unsealed Nov. 29. He has been on unpaid suspension from the police department pending the outcome of the case, according to a department spokesman.

The charges against Cain related to a January bank robbery at Citizens Bank on Foster Avenue near the Pittsburgh-Ingram border.

In that case, Brent Richards, 32, of Ingram is charged with armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm, according to an indictment returned Nov. 27. Richards’ mother, 47-year-old Melissa Kane, is charged in the same case with hindering Richards’ apprehension.

During a July 27 interview with FBI agents regarding the bank robbery, Cain allegedly “denied any knowledge of the identity of the individual” who robbed the bank, according to the charges against him. He repeated the same alleged lie during an interview July 31.

In reality, not only did Cain know who the suspect was, but the suspect had told Cain he was responsible for the robbery, records say.

City records show Cain has been a member of the department since 1994. As of June, he was assigned to Zone 6 with a salary of $66,726.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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