Pittsburgh Resident Indicted for Fraud and Conspiracy to Maliciously Destroy East Carson Street Property by Fire
PITTSBURGH – Two Allegheny County residents pleaded guilty to a variety of offenses in federal court before Chief U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti in Pittsburgh yesterday, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Defendants Scott Kulikowski, 40, of Pittsburgh, PA, and Christopher Levy, 31, of Pittsburgh, PA, pled guilty to offenses resulting from a multi-agency investigation of them, Raymond Kober, and their associates in a motorcycle club called The Lords Amongst Warriors, or The LAW.
Kulikowski and Levy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act Robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. According to the information presented to the court, in an around September 2014, Raymond Kober, Kulikowski and Levy conspired to commit an armed robbery of a business located in the Strip District section of Pittsburgh. Wiretapped telephone calls revealed the conspiracy and local police and federal agents were able to respond moments before the robbery occurred. According to the information presented to the court, Levy was stopped by police as he was approximately two blocks away from the robbery location and was found to have a loaded firearm in his possession for use in the robbery.
Separately, Scott Kulikowski also pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine from in and around January, 2014, and continuing thereafter to on or about Jan. 12, 2015, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The information presented to the court indicated that during the course of the conspiracy, Kulikowski conspired to obtain and sell cocaine with Raymond Kober, Jason Godek and other individuals.
Also separately, Christopher Levy pled guilty to possession of firearms by a person who was prohibited from possessing firearms pursuant to a court order. According to the information presented to the court, Levy was prevented from possessing firearms due to an active protection from abuse order however, agents found him in possession of a firearm during the above-noted robbery as well as during a search of Levy’s residence on Jan. 12, 2015.
Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Kulikowski and Levy for Oct. 16, 2015. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan B. Ortiz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictments in this case. This investigation was made possible through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program, a federal program designed to direct federal funds, and federal and local resources, at large scale, multi-jurisdictional drug investigations.