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Beaver County Woman Admits Threatening Potential Federal Witnesses via Facebook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2014

PITTSBURGH – A Beaver County woman pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal witness intimidation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Natalie Moskorisin, 23, of Ambridge, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count of witness intimidation before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the Court learned that Moskorisin sent a threatening Facebook message to potential witnesses in the federal narcotics case involving her boyfriend at the time, David Best. This message warned these potential witnesses not to cooperate with the Government in its investigation of David Best.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for April 29, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric S. Rosen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Natalie Moskorisin.

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