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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Uniontown Man Facing Fraud and Tax Charges Related to His Embezzlement from His Employer

PITTSBURGH, PA -- A Fayette County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges alleging that he committed mail fraud, tax evasion, and willful failure to file income tax returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The four-count indictment, returned on April 4, named Eugene Traficante, 42, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

According to the indictment, Traficante was charged with one count of mail fraud, one count of tax evasion, and two counts of willful failure to file an income tax return, all based on his having embezzled more than $340,000 from his employer, Doyle Refrigeration Inc., a commercial refrigeration repair and maintenance services provider.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the mail fraud offense, up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for tax evasion and up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine for each count of conviction of failure to file tax returns. 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.

The Internal Revenue Service and the United States Postal Inspection 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.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
Updated April 5, 2018