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Washington County Man Charged With Theft Of Government Property

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

PITTSBURGH - A Washington County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of government property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment returned on October 28, named Gregory Kavalec, 68, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from on or about Oct. 3, 2013, to on or about Sept. 3, 2014, Kavalec unlawfully received property of the United States, that is, OASDI Social Security benefits in the amount of approximately $17,985.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Bond has been requested at $10,000 unsecured.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General 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