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Pittsburgh Pooper Scooper owner pleads guilty to impersonating Secret Service agent

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Nov. 17–Deciding that cleaning up pet excrement from people’s yards was not glamorous enough to attract a mate, a Unity man began claiming to be a Secret Service agent on an online dating site, federal prosecutors say.

To back that up, Christopher Diiorio, 54, found an online site offering to provide him with fake Secret Service credentials, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Hull said Thursday during a hearing in which Diiorio pleaded guilty to using fraudulent official seals.

When Reserve police pulled over Diiorio because of a busted taillight in July, Diiorio flashed the credentials, Hull said. The officer took a picture of the ID card and notified Secret Service.

In a subsequent interview during his arrest, Diiorio told investigators “he was trying to make the officer feel that he fit in with law enforcement,” Hull said.

While there is a real Secret Service agent with the same name, he’s not the owner of Doodle Scoopers in Dormont, Hull said.

Diiorio previously used the credentials to get the government rate at a hotel and claimed he had worked a protective detail for Donald Trump when Trump was running for president, Hull said.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer scheduled Diiorio’s sentencing for March 9. His recommended sentence likely will be up to six months in prison, Hull said.

Diiorio remains free on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He and his attorney, Bill Difenderfer, declined comment after the hearing.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbowling@tribweb.com.

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