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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Erie Man Indicted for Defrauding Woman He Met Online

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of wire fraud and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The seven-count indictment named Henry James Corder, 63, of Erie, Pennsylvania.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Corder stole from a victim that he met online, falsely stating that he was a U.S. Marshal that could help her with an advance fee scheme that she was a victim of. He also falsely claimed he needed money for cancer treatments, funeral services for relatives, business partnerships in which he promised to include the victim and items for a security business.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 100 years in prison, a fine of $1,750,000, 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 Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 15, 2017