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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty In Conspiracy To Defraud Banks

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Herbert Butler, Jr., 27, of Pittsburgh, PA, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea the court was advised that, beginning in 2013, Butler and his co-defendant Eric Bates conspired to steal bank account information belonging to an account holder at Citizens Bank in Pittsburgh, information they used to create accounts at other banks to make multiple withdrawals of cash.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Feb. 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Butler. 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 for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 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