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Pittsburgh Man Charged with Aiding and Abetting the Making of False Claims to the U.S.

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting the making of false claims to the United States, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Toby Bonitz, 27, was named as the sole defendant.

According to Indictment, Bonitz falsely claimed to have performed water quality tests at various Department of Veterans Affairs facilities causing his employer to charge the Department of Veterans Affairs for the water quality tests.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000.00, a term of not more than three years supervised release, or a combination thereof. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael Leo Ivory is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Veterans Affairs - OIG conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Bonitz.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 18, 2019