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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Squirrel Hill Man Who Attempted To Obtain A Passport Indicted For Contempt Of Court

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of Contempt of Court, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Dov Ratchkauskas, 48, as the sole defendant.

In 2011, the Court released the defendant on conditions of bond in connection with a mortgage fraud prosecution. The conditions of release required him to turn in his passport, not obtain another passport, and prohibited him from traveling outside the Western District of Pennsylvania. According to the Indictment, from in and around December of 2014 to in and around February of 2015, Ratchkauskas violated those conditions of his release by travelling outside of the Western District of Pennsylvania and by attempting to obtain a passport.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the sentence imposed would be 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 Secret Service and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015