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Brackenridge Man Admits Defrauding Gatto Cycle Shop

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh on a charge of mail fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Brandon Bucinski, 36, of Brackenridge, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, Bucinski defrauded Gatto Cycle Shop of the proceeds from the sale of certain of its merchandise on eBay. Bucinski was employed by Gatto to sell certain Gatto merchandise on eBay and to have the buyer remit the proceeds of sale to Gatto’s Paypal accounts. Bucinski sold the Gatto merchandise using his personal eBay and Paypal accounts and kept the proceeds from the sales for himself.

Judge Hornak scheduled the sentencing for June 27, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, 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 Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Secret Service along with the Tarentum and Shaler Police Departments and detectives from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Updated February 25, 2016