Kinmundy Man Sentenced for Selling Stolen Motor Vehicles
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 4, 2011, James C. Riley, 40, of Kinmundy, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 41 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $700 special assessment, following his plea of guilty, on July 13, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with seven counts of selling stolen motor vehicles.
A Stipulation of Facts filed with the court indicates that the charges arose from Riley’s sales of motor vehicles in Marion County, Illinois; the vehicles (tractors and mowers) had been stolen from farm equipment dealers in Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. The Stipulation indicates that Riley knew that the vehicles had been stolen; additionally, the vehicle identification numbers had been removed from the vehicles. The Stipulation also states that Riley sold the vehicles at prices substantially below retail value.
The judge also ordered Riley to pay restitution of $73,059.05 to the farm equipment dealers who were victims of the vehicle thefts.
The case was investigated by members of the Illinois Secretary of State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.