Ex-Kennedy police officer sentenced in fraud case

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Former Kennedy police officer Frank A. Caligiuri was sentenced today to two years of probation with four months of home detention following his July guilty plea to mail fraud.

Mr. Caligiuri, of Robinson, reported a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle stolen to Geico insurance in 2009 when he had actually sold it in West Virginia. He was an active officer at the time.

"Mr. Caligiuri had a good job," noted U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill. "I don't know what caused him to make this serious mistake."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Karl said Mr. Caligiuri should have known better.

"It's an individual that knew the law," he said. "He was supposed to protect and serve. Instead he defrauded and victimized an insurance company."

Mr. Caligiuri declined to answer questions after the hearing.

He told Judge Cohill that he is studying to become a machinist.

"You've got a good shot at rehabilitation, I believe, and we're going to give you that chance," the judge said.

Judge Cohill ordered Mr. Caligiuri to pay Geico $14,925 in restitution. He must also perform 100 hours of community service.

Mr. Caligiuri previously faced a charge in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence for striking a pedestrian Aug. 27, 2010, on West Carson Street.

That count was thrown out by a magisterial district judge, and prosecutors declined to prosecute him on related drunk-driving charges.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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