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Pittsburgh Man Charged With Committing Wire Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The seven-count superseding indictment named Jason Moreno, 28, as the sole defendant.

According to the superseding indictment presented to the court, Moreno committed and conspired to commit wire fraud from November 2005 to November 2007.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both per count.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Mortgage Fraud Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  The Mortgage Fraud Task Force is comprised of investigators from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and others involved in the mortgage industry.  Federal law enforcement agencies participating in the Mortgage Task Force include the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations; the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General; the United States Postal Inspection Service; and the United States Secret Service.  Other Mortgage Fraud Task Force members include the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, Bureau of Consumer Protection; the Pennsylvania Department of Banking; the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation; and the United States Trustee's Office.

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

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