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Man pleads guilty to theft charges for taking motor homes

A criminal defendant in Michigan has pleaded guilty to nine felony theft charges in Grand Rapids Federal Court. The man, a native of Kentucky, was facing interstate theft charges for motor vehicles after reportedly making off with several motor homes from locations throughout Western Michigan. Further, the man was charged with three counts of interstate theft of property in relation to the contents of the motor homes. Additional charges included conspiracy to engage in interstate theft. The man could spend several decades in prison for those six charges; each of the counts also carries a potential $250,000 fine. Involvement in a related money-laundering scheme could also land the man in custody for an additional 20 years, among other penalties.

Official reports show that the man made two trips into the region to steal motor homes in 2012. In March of that year, the man reportedly made off with a motor home from Holland Motor Home. Two months later, he was able to steal two more vehicles from another Grand Rapids dealer. The man was apparently part of a group of criminal defendants that also stole three other motor homes from businesses throughout the nation; losses after the scheme are estimated at $1.5 million. The group is accused of stealing the motor homes and then selling them through a money-laundering conspiracy. The defendant and another man are accused of obtaining fraudulent titles for the vehicles and then selling them to others using falsified identities.

Courtroom documents show that a sentencing hearing date has not yet been set in the theft charge case.

Criminal defendants who are facing charges from petty larceny all the way up to grand theft auto may be able to benefit from the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney. These professionals can help defendants learn more about the long-term implications of the criminal charges they face. Further, qualified attorneys can advise defendants on their plea options, including guilty pleas such as that entered by the defendant in this case.

Source: Holland Sentinel, "Kentucky man pleads guilty to theft of motor homes" Jim Hayden, Jan. 14, 2014

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