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Fayette County Man Pleads Guilty In Social Security Fraud Scheme

January 31, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of New Salem, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 30, 2012, to charges of Social Security fraud and false statements, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Samuel J. Delsignore, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Delsignore concealed assets consisting of an interest in his father's estate, bank accounts, two tri-axle trucks and a classic car.

Judge Diamond scheduled sentencing for May 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison for each count, and a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued defendant's bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Samuel J. Delsignore.

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