Kennedy patrolman pleads not guilty to fraud

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A Kennedy police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to mail fraud after a federal grand jury concluded that he reported as stolen a motorcycle that he, in reality, sold.

Frank A. Caligiuri Jr., 41, of Robinson, in 2009 told Geico that his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle was stolen, according to the indictment. He collected a $14,928 claim check.

But federal prosecutors believe he trucked the motorcycle to West Virginia and sold it.

Mr. Caligiuri said nothing at, or after, his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan, and his federal public defender declined comment. He is free on $50,000 unsecured bond.

The case now goes to U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill for trial.

The township on Monday placed Mr. Caligiuri on unpaid leave pending the resolution of the charges. A 13-year veteran who holds the rank of patrolman, he earned $63,300 last year.

Mr. Caligiuri last year faced state charges of aggravated assault with a vehicle and drunk driving after he struck a pedestrian who was walking along West Carson Street. The drunk driving charge is scheduled for trial Jan. 17.

He also pleaded guilty to simple assault charges in 1989 and was sentenced to as much as one year in prison.

Correction/Clarification: (Published November 23, 2011) A 2010 drunk driving charge against suspended Kennedy Township police Officer Frank A. Caligiuri Jr. has not been withdrawn and is scheduled for trial Jan. 17. A news brief in Tuesday's editions was incorrect.


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