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DECEMBER 8, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TEXAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO CONSPIRACY TO TRANSPORT STOLEN SECURITIES
BALTIMORE, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that Jeffrey L. Divens, age 36 of Dallas, Texas pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to transport stolen securities.
According to the agreed statement of facts presented to the court, from July 2001 through January 2004, Divens’ sister, Donna R. Mackall was employed by Piney Branch Motors d/b/a Allied Trailer Sales & Rentals in Savage, Maryland as an accounts receivable clerk. She had access to the company’s computerized ledger where she was supposed to credit payments received from customers to outstanding invoices. On a number of occasions, Mackall posted false information in the ledger to cover up the fact that she did not deposit certain checks into the company bank account. Rather, she forwarded checks to Divens who opened a business account in Texas under the name of Allied T&S Rentals, a name similar to Mackall’s employer’s name which was the payee on the checks. After depositing the checks into the business account, Divens transferred some of the proceeds to his personal checking account, and sent a portion of the proceeds back to Mackall. During the course of the conspiracy, checks in the amount of approximately $381,585 were stolen by Mackall from Allied Trailers in Savage, Maryland and transferred to Divens in Dallas, Texas where he deposited these checks in a commercial bank account he controlled.
Co-defendant Donna Renee Mackall, age 42, of Charlotte, North Carolina pleaded guilty to the same charge on October 18, 2005 and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10, 2006.
Divens faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Court Judge William M. Nickerson has scheduled sentencing for March 9, 2006.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning, who is prosecuting the case.
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