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Former Nurse Indicted on Computer Fraud Charges

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - One resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of computer fraud, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Kevin N. Ukaegbu, age 30, of Pittsburgh, PA, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on December 5, 2022, Ukaegbu, formerly a graduate nurse at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), criminally used the hospital credentials of a Highmark resident physician and attempted to modify prescription medications for two patients, putting one of the patients at risk of serious bodily harm. In neither case was the medicine administered to the patients.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Department of Homeland Security, with the assistance of Highmark Health Police, 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 26, 2023

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