Former Pittsburgh Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI Agents
PITTSBURGH, PA – A former City of Pittsburgh Police Officer and resident of Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of making false statements to government agents, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Antoine Cain, 49, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to government agents before Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that during the course of a federal investigation pertaining to an armed bank robbery that occurred on January 8, 2018 at the Citizens Bank in Crafton, PA, federal agents interviewed Cain, who was at the time a 25-year veteran police officer for the City of Pittsburgh. Through the course of their investigation, federal agents learned that Mr. Cain had been involved in a seven-year, on-again, off-again, relationship with a woman identified as Melissa Kane. Federal investigators had identified Melissa Kane as the mother of the lead suspect in the Citizens Bank armed robbery, Brent Richards.
The court was further advised that federal agents interviewed Cain on July 27, 2018, and July 31, 2018, wherein he made false statements to government agents. Namely, Cain told federal agents during both of these interviews that he did not know the identity of the individual who had robbed the Citizens Bank, when in fact he did. On September 18, 2018, federal agents spoke once again with Cain and advised Cain that their investigation revealed additional information indicating that Cain knew who robbed the Citizens Bank.
Cain was asked once again if he had any information regarding the identity of the bank robber, to which Cain admitted, during this interview, that he did. During this interview Cain explained to law enforcement that Brent Richards, who Cain knew through his relationship with Melissa Kane, had committed the Citizens Bank armed robbery. Cain further admitted that Brent Richards told him that he had "hit" a bank, which Cain understood to mean that Brent Richards had committed a bank robbery, and Melissa Kane told him that Brent Richards had robbed the Citizens Bank, wearing a mask and using a bb gun and that Brent Richards had been covered up so law enforcement could not prove that it was Brent Richards who had robbed the bank.
Judge Arthur J. Schwab scheduled sentencing for July 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorneys Rebecca L. Silinski and Eric G. Olshan are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Antoine Cain.