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February 10, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today the filing of an Information charging Matthew Trentacosta, age 27, of Milford, Pike County, with two separate thefts committed within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the Information alleges that on June 23, 2010, Trentacosta committed a break-in and theft at the Cliff Park Inn and Golf Course maintenance facility. Tools and other maintenance items were taken in the break-in. The information also alleges that on July 5, 2010, Trentacosta committed a break-in and theft from a residence located on the Cliff Park property. Several items of jewelry were taken from the residence. Cliff Park is within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is owned by the National Park Service.

     If convicted, Trentacosta faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, followed by a six- year term of supervised release and a $500,000 fine.

     The investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Interior, National Park Service. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O'Hara.

An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.


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