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Pittsburgh Man Admits Role in Fraud Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to produce and utter forged securities, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Raymond Davis, a/k/a Mark White, 41, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, Davis conspired with other persons to use other identities to produce counterfeit checks, and to open charge store accounts.

Judge Ambrose scheduled the sentencing for Dec. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. 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 Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) conducted the investigation that led to the indictment in this case. The WPFCTF was established in February 1995 as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud. Partners in this effort include the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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