A Valparaiso man
was sentenced and ordered to pay over $1.4 million in restitution to
ArcelorMittal yesterday after he pled guilty to interstate transportation of
stolen property, northern district U. S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch reports.
reports in a news release that Christopher Forster, 31, of Valparaiso, was
sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after pleading guilty
to interstate transportation of stolen property. Forster was sentenced to 15
months in prison and ordered to pay $1,414,030 in restitution, the release
reports that according to court documents, between August 2013 and March
2014, Forster and others stole a metal alloy called Ferro Columbium from
ArcelorMittal property and transported it across state lines to sell for
This case was
investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant United
States Attorney Jennifer Chang.