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Claysville Woman Pleads Admits Theft From Federally­Funded Program

April 27, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 27, 2010, that Cheri A. Logue, a resident of Claysville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of theft from a program receiving federal funds.

Logue, age 41, pleaded guilty to the one‑count information before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Nelson Cohen informed the Court that Logue embezzled funds from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services Corporation (SPLS) where she worked from October of 2001 until June of 2008. Among the various acts of embezzlement were the following: (1) She drew checks to herself but recorded them in the books of SPLS as payments to legitimate creditors/suppliers (approximately 86 checks from December 2001 to June 2008 for a total of over $90,000); (2) She made unauthorized withdrawals from SPLS accounts using the SPLS ATM card, typically at or near gambling locations (approximately 56 times for more than $12,000); (3) She processed unauthorized electronic funds transfers to pay her own bills, typically credit cards (approximately 25 occasions for more than $14,000); and (4) She made improper charges to the SPLS Visa card (more than 300 times for more than $72,000).

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for August 27, 2010, at 1:00 p.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Office of Inspector General, Legal Services Corporation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Logue.

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