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Sales Employee Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding National Tool Grinding in Erie, PA

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

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Fairview, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 22 months in jail and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution on her conviction of wire fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Elizabeth McMahan, 51. 

According to information presented to the court, McMahan was a commission sales employee at National Tool Grinding in Erie. From June 2010 to August 2014, she was selling products for a thirty to ninety percent discount without authorization from her employer, which resulted in greater commissions for her. In addition, McMahan falsified commission reports by submitting false sales that never occurred and increasing purchase prices.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Erie Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of McMahan.

Updated January 2, 2020

Financial Fraud