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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chicago Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for String of Retail Thefts

A Chicago man who stole more than $36,000 worth of merchandise from various home improvement stores across four states was sentenced on February 14, 2018, to eight months in federal prison.

Paris Lawrence, age 29, from Chicago, Illinois, received the prison term after a September 28, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce.

In a plea agreement, Lawrence admitted that between February 2016 and May 2016, he participated in over 25 thefts from various home improvement stores in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana.  Lawrence and his co-conspirators would enter a store, steal various items, and later return the items for store credit.  During the course of the conspiracy, Lawrence stole more than $36,000 worth of merchandise.   

Lawrence was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Lawrence was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he was ordered to make $36,438.33 in restitution to Lowe’s Home Improvement.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Lawrence is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ravi T. Narayan and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department.    Court file information at  The case file number is 16-CR-1020.

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