ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF PENNSYLVANIA: Butler Couple Charged in $1.3 M Fraud Scheme Now Facing Tax Charges

By Press release submission | May 28, 2019

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued the following announcement on May 23.

Two residents of Butler County, Pennsylvania, previously indicted in Pittsburgh on April 17, 2019, on charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, embezzlement from a healthcare benefit program, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, and making a false statement in a loan application, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on additional charges of conspiracy and filing false tax returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced.

The 42-count Superseding Indictment, returned on May 22, named Stephanie J. Roskovski, 49, and her husband, Scott A. Roskovski, 50, both of Butler, PA, as defendants.

According to the Superseding Indictment, the Roskovskis, during the years 2011 through December 2017, perpetrated a fraud totaling more than $1.3 million on Butler Healthcare Providers, d/b/a Butler Memorial Hospital, where Stephanie Roskovski was employed and, for much of that time, served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. During the time, Scott Roskovski was employed as a detective with the Butler County District Attorney’s Office where he conducted investigations involving fraud and other financial crimes. Counts 1 through 23 of the Superseding Indictment allege that the defendants conspired to and did defraud Butler Healthcare Providers by submitting requests to Butler Hospital for alleged business-related expenses that were used, or intended to be used, for personal expenditures. Those personal expenses included, among others, lavish family vacations, household furnishings, concert and event tickets, and the purchase of, and expenses associated with, a motocross racetrack they purchased in 2015 known as Switchback MX, LLC, located in Butler, Pennsylvania. Counts 24 through 28 charge Stephanie Roskovski with embezzling funds from a healthcare benefit program. Count 29 through 35 charge the couple with conspiring to launder the proceeds of the fraud and with engaging in monetary transactions intended, in part, to conceal their theft, as well as in monetary transactions involving fraud proceeds in excess of $10,000. Counts 36 and 37 allege that in March and July of 2018, the defendants made false statements to S&T Bank in applying for two loans totaling approximately $1.8 million.

Count 38 of the Superseding Indictment charges the couple with conspiracy to defraud the United States and to evade the payment of income taxes. Counts 39 through 42 charge them with filing false income tax returns in each of the years 2013 through 2016, in which they failed to report income from the embezzlement perpetrated on Butler Health System and falsely reported unreimbursed employee expenses and over $85,000 in losses from a purported private investigating consulting business, identified as "Private Investigative Solutions". The Superseding Indictment also includes forfeiture allegations.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $3.1 million, or both. 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.

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