Greensburg Man Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal
court on April 5, to a charge of wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced
Thomas Lee Kemerer, 64, of Greensburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that during 2003, James Michael
Conde and Kemerer made false statements in connection with their applications for a $1 million loan
from Sky Bank and a $400,000 loan from K & K Company. The loans were supposed to be
obtained for use in a business known as Precision Powdercoating & Graphics, but Conde and
Kemerer used some of the loan proceeds for their own living expenses and personal debts.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for Aug. 15, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for
a total sentence of 20 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 Shaun E. Sweeney is prosecuting this case on behalf of the
The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the
prosecution of Kemerer. Conde has also been charged in the same Indictment with Kemerer, and
is awaiting a trial on those charges.
Protect yourself from fraud, and report suspected cases of financial fraud to local law enforcement.