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New Castle Man Charged with Falsely Claiming Unemployment Benefits

March 29, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of New Castle, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of false statements and false claims, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on March 27, named Michael J. Wickline, 36, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Wickline falsely claimed unemployment compensation benefits in 2009 from the Railroad Retirement Board, an agency of the United States.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. 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 James Y. Garrett is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States 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.

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