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Minnesota Man Sentenced for Mail Fraud

August 26, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a New Hope, Minnesota, man charged with mail fraud was sentenced on August 26, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. John Pitlick, age 44, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, $300,000 in restitution, and a $100 assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Pitlick was indicted for mail fraud by a federal grand jury on September 8, 2010. Starting in April 2007, Pitlick represented that he would broker a loan from one South Dakota farming family to another South Dakota farming family. In reliance upon this representation, his victims transferred a total of $300,000 to Pitlick's business. Pitlick received the funds, but no loan was ever made. The funds were actually used by Pitlick for his own personal gain.

Pitlick pled guilty to the indictment on June 2, 2011.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant US Attorney Kevin Koliner prosecuted the case.
Pitlick was ordered to self report on September 19, 2011, to begin his prison sentence.



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