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Sewickley Man Defrauded Investors To Support His Lifestyle

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

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Daniel Hoey, 49, of Sewickley, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Hoey participated in a scheme to defraud through an entity named Trilliant that purportedly offered mortgage services to entities as an employee benefit. Hoey used a series of false representations and falsified documents to solicit investments and loans from the victims of his fraud scheme. He provided false documents to the victims to induce them to invest, and then he spent the investors’ money to support his lifestyle.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Feb. 6, 2015, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Hoey.

Updated July 14, 2015