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Diquan Ray Sentenced and Ordered to pay $114,539.17 in Restitution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND – Diquan Ray, 24 years old, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon after pleading guilty, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Ray received a sentence of 6 months imprisonment and was ordered to pay $114,539.17 in restitution to Cook County, Illinois; City of Hammond, Indiana; City of East Chicago, Indiana; and the City of South Holland, Illinois.

According to documents in the case, Ray pled guilty to the one-count Indictment charging Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property.   On September 28 and 29, 2018, Ray and his co-defendant, Jossean Echevarria, stole copper wire from a forest preserve in Cook County, Illinois and transported it to the State of Indiana. As part of the plea agreement, Ray agreed to pay restitution for additional copper wire thefts in Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana and South Holland, Illinois.

This case was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force, Hammond Police Department, Lansing (Illinois) Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.


Updated August 7, 2019