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Pittsburgh Man Charged With Railroad Benefits Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2011

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

The one-count indictment, returned on June 28, named Todd R. Berry, 37.

According to the indictment, Berry stole $9,532 in Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act benefits by unlawfully collecting such payments for approximately 151 days when he was working at a trucking company and a gambling casino.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 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 Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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