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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 1, 2015

Georgia Man Gets Probation, Ordered To Pay Restitution For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of the State of Georgia has been sentenced in federal court to probation for a term of five years and restitution ordered in the amount of $139,357.27 on his conviction of wire fraud conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Edward Claude Hammitt, 67, of Summerville, GA.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Hammitt and others conspired to steal identities of other persons which were used to file false electronic federal tax returns between 2010 and 2012.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation for the successful prosecution of Hammitt.

Updated July 14, 2015