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New York Woman Sentenced to Time Served for Participating in Fraud Scheme

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

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Mount Vernon, New York, has been sentenced in federal court to 14 months (time served) in prison and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $82,619.00 on her conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Gcobisa Kehle, 38.

According to information presented to the court, Kehle allowed bank accounts in her name and under her control to be used as repositories for fraudulently obtained federal tax refunds. Kehle would then withdraw the fraudulently obtained refunds, keep a portion for herself and give the remainder of the money to another co-defendant.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kehle.

Updated March 22, 2016