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Uniontown Medical Group Office Manager Pleads Guilty in a Nearly $1M Embezzlement Scheme

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Fayette County, PA, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of Wire Fraud and False Income Tax Returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Cynthia L. Demniak, 60, of Leckrone, PA, pleaded guilty to 11 counts before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Demniak, in her position as office manager for Grandview Medical Management located in Uniontown, PA, between 2013 and 2018 embezzled approximately $926,940 from her employer, which she used for personal expenses and to satisfy a gambling addiction. The court was also advised that for tax years 2013 through 2018, Demniak materially underreported the embezzled income from Grandview Medical Center on her federal income tax returns, totaling nearly $270,426 in restitution owed to the IRS.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for November 19, 2020. The law provides for a total sentence of 118 years in prison, a fine of $2,750,000 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 Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and United States Postal Inspection Service are conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cynthia L. Demniak.

Updated July 16, 2020

Financial Fraud