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Aliquippa Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Stolen Items

March 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA. ‑ A resident of Aliquippa, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating interstate transportation of stolen goods laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Ronald Aikens, 53, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Aikens, a former employee of US Airways, stole various property, including 43 Telex 750 headsets, from US Airways valued at nearly $580,000 between 2004 and 2009.  He then sold the property on eBay.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for July 29, 2011, at 8:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, Mr. Aikens remains on a $10,000 personal appearance bond.

Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Aikens.

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