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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Aliquippa Man Sentenced For Fraud Scheme

PITTSBURGH - A Beaver County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 33 months imprisonment, and ordered to pay $415,389.32 in restitution on his conviction of mail fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Peter A. Kalemon, 46, of Aliquippa, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, Kalemon defrauded his former employer of $359,389.32 over approximately three years by submitting 126 fraudulent invoices which were paid to Kalemon’s fictitious transportation company via 81 checks mailed to his P.O. Box in Wheeling, West Virginia. In addition, Kalemon admitted negotiating another 176 fraudulent checks drawn against his former employer between March of 2012 and July of 2014, all of which he cashed in Wheeling for another $56,000.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Diamond stated that this well-planned crime was a violation of trust; and, although the defendant’s family responsibilities were a mitigating factor, the crime was aggravated because the defendant continued it after being detected.

Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kalemon.

Updated July 14, 2015