FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 15, 2008
THREE PLEAD TO TRANSPORTATION OF STOLE MERCHANDISE CHARGE
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court FORREST DALE PORTER, 57, of Boomer, North Carolina; TIMOTHY WAYNE ROBERTS, 43, of Franklinton, North Carolina; and BRANDON KEITH HARRIS, 22, of Franklinton, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox for conspiring to transport stolen merchandise valuing $5,000 or more across state lines and aiding and abetting that crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 6, 2008.Beginning in late fall of 2006, until June, 2007, PORTER ordered and purchased stolen over-the-counter pharmacy products, health and beauty aids, and other products valued in excess of $5,000, from a source in Franklinton, North Carolina, where ROBERTS and HARRIS delivered the goods to Boomer, North Carolina From there the products were sold and transferred to co-conspirators who then transported and transferred the stolen products out of North Carolina to Pennsylvania.
Mr. Holding commented, “These pleas are a part of a multi-district on-going investigation by this office to stem the trafficking in millions of dollars of stolen over the counter products.”The maximum penalty for conspiring in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release following their terms of imprisonment.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Murphy served as prosecutor for the government.
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