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Columbus, Ohio woman sentenced for her role in a smash and grab scheme

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jolisha McDonald, 25, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced today to 30 months incarceration for transporting stolen goods across state lines. Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen made the announcement.

McDonald conspired to steal smart phones, tablets, head phones, game stations, and computers from Walmart, Target, and Meijer stores in eight different states, including West Virginia and Ohio. The value of the stolen goods are estimated to be in excess of $500,000. She pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Transport Stolen Goods in Interstate Commerce” in November 2016. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Columbus Police Department investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated January 26, 2017