D.A.: Woman, 26, lied to grand jury

Lying to a grand jury about holding a gun for a drug dealer led to perjury charges for a Coatesville woman, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said yesterday.

Prosecutors alleged that Erin Taylor.  26, gave false testimony to a grand jury investigating illicit drug activity.  “We will not permit a witness to lie in a grand jury investigation," Hogan said.  "If a witness lies, the witness is impeding our search for the truth and disrespects the law.  A witness who lies to the grand jury will be arrested, prosecuted, and sent to prison.”

 According to the criminal complaint, the charges stemmed from  a drug investigation by the Chester County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which suspected the defendant's boyfriend, Phillip DiMatteo, of dealing cocaine.  The HIDTA group, which received court authorization to intercept phone communications during the probe, heard exchanges between Taylor and her boyfriend, who was subsequently arrested on drug-dealing offenses.  In multiple conversations, Taylor discussed having a loaded gun in her home, even describing unloading the weapon, the complaint said. 

On Sept. 15, Taylor, who was represented by an attorney, testified before the 16th Investigating Grand Jury of Chester County. She was questioned about the handgun and denied that she ever saw, handled, or unloaded it in her residence, the complaint said. After failing to post $5,000 cash bail, Taylor was remanded to Chester County Prison to await a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, court records said.

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