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Johnsonburg woman sentenced to 27 months in jail for embezzlement

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

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 27 months in jail followed by 2 years of supervised release and order to pay restitution in the amount of $765,172.95 on her conviction of wire fraud, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced today.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Melissa Bittler, 43, 112 Cushing Avenue, Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, over a five-year period Bittler embezzled over $765,000 from the construction company in Johnsonburg where she was employed as the office manager and bookkeeper. Among numerous and consistent personal expenditures with stolen money, Bittler bought and renovated her house and purchased a Honda Pilot with the embezzled company money.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone noted the enormity of the amount stolen by Bittler and the significant negative impact on the small business that was victimized.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Rivetti commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Bittler.

Updated June 6, 2023

Financial Fraud