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Two Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Steal Merchandise Under Control of United States Customs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi


Jackson, Miss – Richard Calvin Harper, 52, of Clinton, Mississippi, and Andrew Sneed, 57, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, were sentenced on March 2, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, for their convictions on charges of conspiracy to steal merchandise under the control of the United States Customs Service, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis.

Harper was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and Sneed was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison. Both defendants were also ordered to pay $1,483,011.50 in restitution to Levis Strauss and Company and its insurance company.

On July 4, 2015, Harper and Sneed conspired with others to steal long-haul trailers full of Levi’s merchandise from the United States Customs bonded warehouse located at the Levi’s facility in Madison County, Mississippi. Several hundred palettes of merchandise were stolen.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Madison County Sheriff’s office. It was prosecuted by Criminal Division Chief Darren J. LaMarca.

Updated March 3, 2017