Pooper scooper owner set to plead in fake federal badge case

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pennsylvania man whose company scoops up pet poop is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he flashed a fake Secret Service identification card and badge when he was pulled over by a police officer, and to get the “government rate” for a hotel room.

Fifty-three-year-old Christopher Diiorio is due in court Thursday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Reserve Township police say Diiorio flashed the ID card after an officer pulled him over for a faulty brake light on July 22. Police dropped their criminal charges once federal prosecutors took over the case. The feds also charged Diiorio with using the fake badge at a hotel in June.

Diiorio and his attorney haven’t responded to repeated calls, emails and messages left with Doodle Scoopers, his Bethel Park business.

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