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Friday, February 3, 2017

Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to Probation for Ticket Fraud Scheme

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of three years probation on his conviction of conspiracy and wire fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Michael F. Schoedel, 27, of Pittsburgh, PA.

According to information presented to the court, 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.

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

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Schoedel.

Updated February 10, 2017