U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
September 22, 2015

Butler County Woman Charged with Extortion

PITTSBURGH—A Butler County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of interference with commerce by extortion, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count superseding indictment named Pamela A. Vivirito, 45, of Valencia, PA as the sole defendant.

According to the superseding indictment Vivirito extorted property from persons known to the grand jury.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $500,000.00 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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