Richmond Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Copper from VA
Contact: James M. Moore
December 4, 2013 Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Derek
Less, 26, of Richmond, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor before Chief
Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to stealing copper wire and pipe fittings from facilities operated by
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the "VA") in Togus, Maine.
According to court records, VA employees and police officers watched Less remove
spools of copper wire from VA facilities. After officers asked Less for permission to search his
car, Less fled the VA grounds at a high rate of speed. Investigation revealed that Less sold over
400 pounds of wire and pipe fittings to Clark's Cars & Parts, Inc. in July and August of
2012. Less admitted that he stole the copper from the VA to support his drug addiction.
Less faces up to 10 years of in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both, on each of the three
theft counts. He will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the United States
The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division, Office of
Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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