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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy and wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Michael F. Schoedel, 26, Pittsburgh, PA pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from on or about March 1, 2014 to March 17, 2014, Schoedel falsely represented that he had tickets to entertainment events to potential purchasers on Craigslists. He would then have potential purchasers wire money for these tickets, but Schoedel did not provide any tickets.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for February, 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $500,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Schoedel.

Updated September 29, 2016