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Trafford Man Gets Jail Time for Defrauding the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Trafford, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of theft of government funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Warren Robb, 58.

According to information presented to the court, Robb applied in 2010 for "total and permanent" disability benefits from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. Robb never notified the Board that his medical condition had improved or that he had performed work for any employer, and certified again in December 2016 that his disability prevented him from working. Robb in fact worked as a short-order cook at a restaurant in Level Green, Pennsylvania from October 2015 to February 2017. Starting in November 2015, Robb intentionally received and converted RRB disability benefits totaling approximately $57,821.68 to which he knew he was not entitled. Robb has a prior federal conviction from 2010 for making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits from the RRB.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hornak stated that the sentence imposed was justified due to the seriousness of the offense conduct and the defendant’s prior criminal convictions.

Assistant United States Attorney Adam N. Hallowell prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Warren Robb.

Updated October 16, 2018

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