David Hickton http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Officials Indict International Cyber-Criminal http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-officials-indict-international-cyber-criminal <p>Law enforcement officials in Pittsburgh had a major hand in bringing down an international ring of cyber criminals, according U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.</p><p>The indictment, unsealed Monday, names Russian citizen Evgeny Bogachev as one of five defendants, charged with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud,&nbsp;bank fraud and money laundering. The indictment alleges that Bogachev was the mastermind behind two malware programs that infected the computers of as many as one million people worldwide, 25 percent of whom were in the United States.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:38:08 +0000 Liz Reid 30257 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Officials Indict International Cyber-Criminal US Attorney Assembles Group To Address Growing Problem Of Opiate Overdoses http://wesa.fm/post/us-attorney-assembles-group-address-growing-problem-opiate-overdoses <p>It's a problem that is lurking just below the surface in Pennsylvania, and it is getting worse every year. &nbsp;</p><p>A group assembled by United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton will look for solutions to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the Pittsburgh area.</p><p>The U.S. Attorney’s Working Group on Addiction: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery will work to identify the problems behind the alarming number of opiate overdoses in Western Pennsylvania and how to solve them.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 27810 at http://wesa.fm Millions in Tax Refunds Obtained Through Massive Identity Theft Conspiracy http://wesa.fm/post/millions-tax-refunds-obtained-through-massive-identity-theft-conspiracy <p>Federal investigators in Western Pennsylvania have uncovered a national identity theft scheme that has been in operation for nearly a decade. Thieves used stolen IDs to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and file fake tax returns that caused the IRS to pay millions in fraudulent funds.</p><p>Five suspects from New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee are being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:11:40 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 28062 at http://wesa.fm PA Hospital Network Agrees to Pay Feds $1.5M for Kickbacks http://wesa.fm/post/pa-hospital-network-agrees-pay-feds-15m-kickbacks <p>Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say the West Penn Allegheny Health System has agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to settle claims that it violated the law by offering doctors below-market rents so the physicians would refer patients to the network's hospitals.<br /><br />A spokesman for West Penn says the settlement grew out of a self-audit and voluntary report made to federal officials, which was confirmed by U.S. Attorney David Hickton, who announced the settlement. The allegedly illegal activity began in the mid-2000s, with most of it occurring between 2008 and 2012.<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:45:26 +0000 The Associated Press 26121 at http://wesa.fm Feds Charge Founder of PA Cyber Charter School http://wesa.fm/post/feds-charge-founder-pa-cyber-charter-school <p>A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted the founder and former CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.</p><p>Nicholas Trombetta, 58, is accused of diverting more than $8 million in taxpayer money from Pennsylvania school districts through PA Cyber and several other organizations and into his own hands.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:16:22 +0000 Liz Reid 15355 at http://wesa.fm Hickton: Build Trust, Reduce Fear to Create Better Police-Community Relations http://wesa.fm/post/hickton-build-trust-reduce-fear-create-better-police-community-relations <p>"There's this huge disconnect where both sides need each other, but we've got to find a way to get there," said US Attorney for Western PA David Hickton about the need to improve relations between residents and law enforcement.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:54:56 +0000 Kevin Gavin 7735 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Attorney Announces Indictments of 'Uptown Crew' http://wesa.fm/post/us-attorney-announces-indictments-uptown-crew <p>United States Attorney David Hickton announced the indictments of 34 people alleged to be part of Homestead’s “Uptown Crew” for violent offenses and the trafficking of heroin.</p><p>This morning, police arrested 29 of those charged in the criminal operation.</p><p>The investigation into the group was led by the FBI’s Safe Streets Taskforce beginning last year and implemented surveillance, control purchases, confidential tips and wiretapping to collect information on the gang.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:17:33 +0000 Tim Camerato 3337 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Attorney Announces Indictments of 'Uptown Crew'