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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Law Office Manager Forged and Cashed Firm Checks for Personal Use

PITTSBURGH - An Allegheny County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of bank fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Anthony Calaiaro, 34, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

According to the indictment, from June 2014 through approximately April 2016, Calaiaro, who was employed as an Office Manager for a law firm, wrote checks to himself by forging the signature of a partner from the firm. Calaiaro then cashed the forged checks at various locations and used the funds for his own personal use. The total loss is approximately $827,020.39.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Anthony Calaiaro.

Financial Fraud
Updated February 14, 2018