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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monessen Man Sentenced To Probation With Home Detention For $50K Fraud Scheme

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Westmoreland County was sentenced yesterday in federal court to three years probation and six months home detention on his conviction of conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on William Thomas Holiday, III, 27, of Monessen, Pennsylvania.

According to the information presented to the court, in 2012 Holiday and others used victim identities to obtain unauthorized Discover credit cards which were later used to purchase merchandise at department stores, or to obtain cash at ATMs in Western Pennsylvania. Losses from the conspiracy exceeded $50,000.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force for conducting the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Holiday. The WPFCTF was established as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania. Partnering in this effort are the United States Attorney's Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Updated July 14, 2015