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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pittsburgh Man Charged With Theft Of Government Benefit Payments

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of government money, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on June 3, named Trayon P. Onett, 52, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from Oct. 1, 2009, to July 21, 2010, Trayon P. Onett converted to his own use $10,020.00 in United States Department of Veterans Affairs death pension benefit payments of his mother, Norma C. Onett, who died on Sept. 30, 2009, benefits he knew he was not entitled to.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015