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New Castle Man Admits Providing False Testimony To A Grand Jury

April 11, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of New Castle, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of providing false declarations to a grand jury, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Michael Trover, 43, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Trover provided false testimony to the grand jury on April 30, 2008, regarding payments that he made to a public official to secure contracts for work related to Shenango Township, the Lawrence County Housing Authority, and Affordable Housing of Lawrence County.

Judge Diamond scheduled sentencing for Aug. 10, 2011.  The law provides for a total sentence of five 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of General Inspector, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Trover.

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