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Former Harrisburg Police Corporal Admits Stealing Government Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A former Harrisburg Police official pleaded guilty in federal court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to charges of conversion of government property and theft from programs receiving government funds, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Sean D. Cornick, 45, of Harrisburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge John E. Jones, III.

In connection with the guilty plea, the United States presented information to the Court that on October 23, 2016, Cornick took $400 in government funds that he was not authorized to receive. Additional information described that Cornick stole government funds totaling $22,346.93 between October 15, 2015 and October 27, 2016. The Court was advised that at the time of the offenses, Cornick served as the Corporal and supervisor of the Organized Crime and Vice Unit of the Harrisburg Police Department.

Judge Jones scheduled a Presentence Conference for January 29, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 11 years in prison, a fine of $350,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Harrisburg Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cornick.

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Updated September 29, 2017