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Men facing felonies in Kansas slaughterhouse theft

Two out-of-state defendants are facing a series of felonies in Kansas after they allegedly tried to make off with a semi-truck full of packaged beef from a packaging plant near Wichita. The two brothers, both in their 50s, are facing conspiracy charges in connection with the case, along with aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and possession of false documents. They are expected to plead guilty.

This phenomenon is not confined to Kansas, though it has been occurring with some frequency throughout the region. In fact, shipping companies report more than 1,000 cargo thefts throughout the nation. It appears that the identity theft required to undertake such an operation may be increasing in sophistication, however, as more defendants are found to be pursuing commercial targets instead of individual consumers.

The 2011 case is just one of a growing number of identity theft cases related to cargo transport throughout Kansas and the rest of the nation. Authorities report that defendants in the new form of identity theft attempt to steal truckloads of goods by posing as representatives of legitimate transport agencies. The men are accused of attempting to steal more than $82,000 in prepackaged meat from a plant in Holcomb, Kansas. They allegedly pilfered the identity of another Midwestern freight hauler, fraudulently obtaining the documents required to pick up the load.

Defendants in such cases are often only stopped by other watchful freight loaders, some of which have been affected by the same identity theft in the past. In this case, the men were reported by another employee who noticed inconsistencies in the defendants' documents. That man was instructed to allow the defendants to pick up the load, anyway. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations caught up to the men after they dropped off their truck to be filled with product.

The men are also accused of stealing more than $300,000 worth of supplies in a western state, allegedly making off with truckloads of almonds, shoes and electric equipment.

Even though these men were arrested and charged, one of the men's wives was actually cleared of involvement in the case. Criminal defense attorneys can help those who are unfairly accused by explaining their legal rights and educating them about the best decisions. Those allegations were rightfully dropped because the woman was not involved in the crime.

Source:, "Two men to make plea in cargo theft from Kansas slaughterhouse" Roxana Hegeman, Nov. 03, 2013

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