Pittsburgh Man Charged With Defrauding U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of wire fraud and theft of government money, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The two-count indictment named Roy G. Arthrell, Jr., 60, as the sole defendant.
According to indictment, Arthrell was receiving a disability annuity from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board since November 2006. He opened a restaurant named Roys by the Tracks in Finleyville that affected his eligibility for the disability annuity, but he failed to notify the RRB as he was required to do. As a result he defrauded the United States and converted approximately $77,000 of its property for his own use.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General, 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.