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Man Pleads Guilty In Theft Of Almost $360,000 From Firm

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company.

Forty-five-year-old Peter Kalemon of Aliquippa pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to five counts of mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp.

Authorities said Kalemon was hired in 2007 as traffic manager and had approval of invoices as part of his duties.

Prosecutors said he submitted 126 invoices from a bogus firm he created called Alltrans Logistics with a post office box in Wheeling, W.Va. that prompted the company to pay him about $359,000 over three years.

Authorities said the scheme was discovered in April 2013, when the company fired him. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 14.

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