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Monroeville Man Sentenced To Probation For Operating Illegal Money Transmitting Businesses

April 6, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Monroeville, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months of probation on his conviction of violating federal money laundering laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Cercone imposed the sentence on Aref Hamdah, 43.

According to information presented to the court, Hamdah operated the following unlicensed money transmitting businesses: Shuman's East Liberty News & Variety, Inc., d/b/a East Liberty News & Variety, located at 5931 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Shuman Market of Pittsburgh, Inc., a/k/a Shuman Market, located at 717 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Internal Revenue Service ‑ Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Banking for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hamdah.

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