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Porter man sentenced in ArcelorMittal metal theft

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A Porter man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to three counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, in connection with multiple thefts of a metal alloy from ArcelorMittal property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Robert Watkins, 32, was also ordered to pay $1,291,030 in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to documents filed in the case, Watkins and a co-defendant, Christopher Forster, on three occasions removed quantities of Ferro Columbium from ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility, after a second co-defendant--Ryan Hendrickson, a mechanic and welder employed by ArcelorMittal--“passed on” knowledge of the mill property to them. They then transported the Ferro Columbium--valued at $1,291,030--across state lines for sale in Ohio.

“A sentence of 18 months and the ordering of restitution will serve to deter the defendant from future criminal behavior, in addition to deterring others from committing similar offenses,” the sentencing memorandum states. “Such a sentence will also serve as just punishment, protect the public from the defendant, and promote respect for the law.”

The case was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force.



Posted 10/31/2018




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