Sheraden man pleads guilty of making false report against Pittsburgh police commander

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A Sheraden man charged last year with making a false report against a Pittsburgh police commander pleaded guilty today.

Andrew Lee, 46, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of obstruction of administration of law in connection with the filing of a false protection-from-abuse application against Zone 1 Cmdr. RaShall Brackney, according to a news release from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office.

Judge Edward Borkowski also ordered Mr. Lee, owner of Executive Cigars on the North Side, to undergo a mental health evaluation, pay a $2,500 fine and have no contact with the commander.

Mr. Lee last year claimed he had an intimate relationship with the commander, whom he said came after his business after he left her for someone else. Cmdr. Brackney called the allegations baseless and "without merit." She could not be reached immediately for comment this morning.

A PFA petition is an unproven allegation filed in civil court. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kelly E. Bigley dismissed the order on May 17, 2012, saying his claims were "an absolute abuse of the system for no other reason [than] to gain advantage in a litigious situation."

Mr. Lee's court-appointed attorney, Patrick K. Nightingale, had no comment. Mr. Lee also has a separate, unrelated welfare fraud case pending.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.


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