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Ordered to pay $1.4M in restitution to ArcelorMittal

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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.

Kirsch’s office 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 said.

Kirsch’s office 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 profit.

This case was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.



Posted 3.28.2019




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