Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Charged with Conspiracy, Failure to File Federal Tax Returns
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nathan E. Harper has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy and willful failure to file income tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The five-count indictment named Harper, 60, of Pittsburgh, Penn.
According to the indictment, Harper was the Chief of the City of Pittsburgh Police Department. From 2009 to 2012, he caused at least $70,628.92 in checks and cash received by the Special Events Office of the Department to be diverted to two accounts at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union. Using Visa Debit cards, Harper obtained more than $31,000 in ATM withdrawals and debit purchases, all for his personal benefit. Harper also failed to file federal tax returns for the years 2008 through 2011.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of nine years in prison, a fine of $650,000, 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 Attorneys Robert S. Cessar and Lee J. Karl are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation 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.