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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2022

Luzerne County Man Indicted On Computer Crime Charge

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that John Molinaro, age 28, of Plains Township, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for intentionally damaging a business’ private computer system. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that between May 2022 and July 2022, Molinaro used the internet to transmit information which intentionally interrupted the network operations of a Lackawanna County business, resulting in a loss of more than $5,000.   

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Updated October 7, 2022