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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Greensburg Man Admits Impersonating a Secret Service Agent

PITTSBURGH – A Westmoreland County resident pleaded guilty in federal court jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of fraudulent official seals, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Christopher Diiorio, 53, of Greensburg, PA, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, Christopher Diiorio conspired with others to produce false United States Secret Service identification cards. He also misrepresented that he was an agent of the United States Secret Service, possessed, and displayed an imitation United States Secret Service badge to a hotel manager in order to obtain the government rate for a hotel stay. Finally, he misrepresented that he was an agent of the United States Secret Service and displayed the false United States Secret Service identification card during an encounter with a local police officer.

Judge Fischer scheduled the sentencing for March 9, 2017. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 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 Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Christopher Diiorio.

Updated November 17, 2016