A man charged in 2012 with making a false report against a Pittsburgh police commander was accused Thursday of illegally collecting more than $7,000 in public assistance.
Andrew Lee, 46, of Sheraden, who owns Executive Cigars on the North Side, collected $2,233 from the state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program between July 2012 and June 2013 as well as $5,508 in medical assistance between August 2012 and June 30, 2013, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The Allegheny County district attorney's office said Thursday that Mr. Lee has not been found to serve him with arrest papers.
According to the affidavit, Mr. Lee failed to reveal in his application for assistance his ownership of the cigar shop; the existence of bank accounts at First Commonwealth Bank and Riverset Credit Union; his ownership of five rental properties, three vehicles and one trailer; and the correct composition of his household, including that he was married.
Mr. Lee faces trial on charges he made a false report after police say he filed an unfounded protection-from-abuse order against Pittsburgh police Cmdr. RaShall Brackney. The case is scheduled for Sept. 23.