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Cambria County Man Sentenced To Probation With Home Detention, Fined For Money Laundering Conspiracy

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – On October 6, 2014, a resident of Northern Cambria, Pa., was sentenced in federal court to five years probation, the first 12 months of which must be served by conditions of home confinement, 250 hours of community service, and a $50,000 fine on his conviction of conspiracy to commit money laundering, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Robert J. Paterno, 51.

According to information presented to the court, from March 2008 to May 9, 2011, Paterno conspired to commit money laundering. In addition, evidence presented to the Court at the time of Paterno's sentencing reflected that he conspired with George M. Lowmaster and others to conduct financial transactions involving proceeds generated through Lowmaster's drug distribution organization with the intent to conceal the source of the proceeds and with the intent to promote the facilitation of Lowmaster's drug distribution organization.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the joint task force, headed by the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Paterno. Other agencies participating on the task force include the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Carrolltown Police Department, Patton Police Department, Ebensburg Police Department, Portage Police Department and Paint Township Police Department.

Updated July 14, 2015