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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 21, 2018

Resident of Texas Sentenced to 71 Months in Prison for Fraud and Weapons Offenses

            CONCORD - Steven Orr, 53, of Grapevine, Texas, was sentenced on Thursday to 71 months in prison for two wire fraud offenses and unlawful possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney Scott W. Murray.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, in June of 2017, Orr offered to sell four loaders to a company in Windham, New Hampshire for $120,000.  Unaware that Orr did not own the loaders or have authority to sell them, the Windham company arranged for a third party to inspect the loaders and then caused $120,000 to be electronically transferred from its bank account in New Hampshire to Orr’s personal bank account in Texas.

            In August 2017, Orr agreed to sell 21 cranes owned by a company in Joliet, Illinois to a company in Lemont, Illinois, for $2.2 million.  Unaware that Orr did not have authority to sell the loaders, the Lemont company transferred a $550,000 deposit for the transaction from its bank account in Chicago, Illinois to Orr’s account in Texas.

            The court records also reveal that Orr had prior felony convictions for burglary, grand larceny, larceny of an automobile, possession of a controlled substance, and an attempt to distribute contraband in a prison.  Under federal law, it was unlawful for Orr to possess a firearm after his first felony conviction.  Nevertheless, when Special Agents from the FBI arrested Orr last September, they found a Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol and a Taurus .380 caliber pistol in a safe that was inside a recreational vehicle Orr was renting.

            Orr previously pleaded guilty on April 5, 2018.

            “I am grateful to the FBI for its efforts to stop this defendant’s fraud schemes and bring him to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Those who commit fraud in New Hampshire should understand that they will be prosecuted and incarcerated.  This defendant’s unlawful possession of guns demonstrates his complete disregard of the law, as well as the substantial risk he posed to the community.” 

            “Mr. Orr is a convicted felon and con man who clearly hasn’t learned anything from his time in prison. Hopefully with today’s sentencing, he’ll soon learn that the only place that cheating and swindling will get you is behind bars,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “The FBI will continue to seek out fraudsters like Orr, who profit through deception, by targeting hard-working businesses.” 

            The cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Kinsella.

 

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Violent Crime
Component(s): 
Press Release Number: 
18-182
Updated September 21, 2018