Local Wichita lawyer, software engineer charged in federal indictment


A well-known Wichita attorney has been indicted on federal fraud charges.

The U.S. Attorney says Brad Pistotnik and a computer software engineer were responsible for cyber attacks on websites that posted information critical of the lawyer’s work.

Pistotnik’s attorney Steve Robison says his client has known about these allegations for two years, but today’s indictment took him by surprise.

“We were caught off guard and surprised because we thought the matter was concluded,” says Robison.

The matter Robison is referring to a seven page indictment accusing his client, Pistotnik, of computer fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to the FBI.  

“We did our own investigation and shared our investigations with the United States Attorney’s Office and FBI. We have had no requests for follow up. We have heard nothing in the two years plus that has passed since then, and we considered the matter concluded,” explains Robison.

The indictment claims Pistotnik and David Dorsett, a Wichita software engineer, targeted websites that attacked the integrity of Pistotnik’s work.

The indictment alleges Pistotnik and Dorsett sent an email in September of 2014 and July of 2015 to three websites saying, “Remove this page and we stop” and “if you don’t remove it, we will begin targeting your advertisers and explain that this will stop happening to them, once they pull their ads.” 

Pistotnik’s attorney denies any affiliation with Dorsett.

“We are very adverse to David Dorsett. We believe that he is behind a number of matters including this one.”

KSN reached out to Dorsett, the software engineeer, but have not heard back from him.

Both Pistotnik and Dorsett were indicted on five counts of computer fraud charges and two counts of conspiracy. Pistotnik is also indicted on three counts of making false statements to the FBI. 

A court date for Pistotnik has not been set.

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