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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Northern Cambria Man Sentenced for Converting Social Security Benefits to His Own Use

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Northern Cambria, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, 225 hours of community service and a fine of $3,000, on his conviction of conversion of government funds, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Bernard M. Dospoy, 67, of Northern Cambria, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, from in or around June 2005, to in or around October 2015, Dospoy did receive and convert falsely to his own use, a total of $207,592, which represents 176 separate Social Security Administration benefit payments made to him to which he was not entitled. He also agreed to pay restitution of $207,592 pursuant to a related Civil Settlement Agreement entered into by him and the United States.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the government and Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin J. Callahan litigated the case on behalf of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Section of the United States Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Song commended the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Dospoy.

Updated August 22, 2017