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Jail time, $114,539 restitution ordered for copper wire theft

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United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announces the sentencing of Diquan Ray in Indiana’s federal Northern District Court.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon sentenced Ray to six months incarceration and ordered him to pay $114,539.17 in restitution to Cook County, Ill.; City of Hammond, Ind.; City of East Chicago, Ind.; and the City of South Holland, Ill.

Ray, 24, of Hammond, Ind., pled guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property after he and co-defendent Jossean Echevarria stole copper wire from a forest preserve in Cook County, Ill. and transported the wire into Indiana on Sept. 28 and 29, 2018, according to Kirsch.

As part of Ray’s plea agreement, Ray agreed to pay restitution for additional copper wire thefts in Hammond, East Chicago, and South Holland.

The case was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force, Hammond Police Department, and Lansing (Illinois) Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.



Posted 8/7/2019




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