Restaurant Owner Sentenced to Probation with House Arrest for Defrauding the Government
PITTSBURGH, - A resident of Allegheny County has been sentenced in federal court to three years probation, eight months of which must be served under house arrest, as well as ordered to pay $76,969.53 in restitution to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, on his conviction of wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Roy G. Arthrell, Jr., 61.
According to information presented to the court, 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 $65,000 of its property for his own use.
Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Arthrell.
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