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Inmate Charged with Submitting False Letter to Government

August 22, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - An inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of using a false writing or document in a matter within the jurisdiction of the government, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Wahidullah Hossaini, 34, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, in and around March 2012, Hossaini submitted a fraudulent letter in an effort to gain admittance to the Residential Drug Abuse Program at FCI-McKean.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five 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 Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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