After deliberating for approximately four hours, a federal jury found Terry L. Sempf guilty of two counts of conspiracy and Interstate transportation of stolen goods.
Terry L. Sempf, 58, of New Brighton, Pa., was tried before United States District Judge David S. Cercone in Pittsburgh.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that from between 2006 and September of 2010, Sempf paid professional thieves to steal merchandise from various retail stores in Western Pennsylvania. The
evidence further established that after purchasing the stolen goods from the thieves, Sempf transported the items to the Rogers Community Auction in Rogers, Ohio, where he then resold the stolen items.
Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for 11:30AM February 23. The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.
Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any,
of the defendant.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Brighton Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Sempf.
Margie Walsh (submitted)
“The community started VNA, and I think it is really important for us to maintain our focus on the health of our communities,” stated Margie Walsh, newly named Executive Director of Lutheran SeniorLife VNA, Western Pennsylvania.
Community members realized a need for home health services, brought together a group to evaluate the possibilities, and their actions led to the establishment of VNA. In 2015, VNA will celebrate 50 years of serving the homecare needs of surrounding communities. Since its inception, VNA has been committed to giving back to the community through the services it provides.
“Healthcare has seen significant changes in the past 50 years. VNA has adapted the care and services according to the needs of the community and health care environment and it will remain focused on new and innovative care for years to come. “The community has always supported us, and as the new Executive Director I intend for VNA to support the health of our community and to promote and Abundant Life, ®” stated Walsh.
VNA is a non-profit home health and hospice agency which serves the healthcare needs of the residents in Butler, Armstrong, Lawrence, Beaver, and parts of Westmoreland, Mercer, and Allegheny counties. As an affiliate of Lutheran SeniorLife, providing home health, at-home and inpatient hospice, private duty, telehealth, and home safety and independence devices. Lutheran SeniorLife strives to foster and grow Abundant Life® providing a continuum of care including: independent living, personal care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s care, long term care and the Life Programs.
Walsh has been employed by VNA since 1981 and has held many positions over the years. Most recently she was V. P. Marketing and Sales, and Interim Executive Director.
She received her Nursing Diploma from Jameson Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle and her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Carlow University. She is actively pursuing an MBA through Strayer University. Walsh resides in Saxonburg with her husband Tom.