A former Ford Motor Company employee has been sentenced to one day in prison and ordered to pay $109,681 to his former employer after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit offense or defraud the United States.
A federal grand jury indicted Peck on one count of sale, possession or receipt of stolen goods on March 26. Peck entered a plea agreement to the lesser charge Aug. 12. Aug. 29, he was sentenced to one day in prison (plus time served) and ordered to pay $109,681 in restitution to Ford Motor Company. Peck was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.
According to court documents, Peck admitted to leaving pallets filled with navigational radios on outside shipping docks for his co-conspirator to take. (The co-conspirator had the indictment dismissed in favor of a pre-trial diversion but has also been order to pay restitution to Ford). An investigation by Pinkerton Security determined that an individual was selling the stolen units, worth $767 each, on eBay for $755. Pinkerton covertly ordered and paid the seller for a small number of radios and identified the seller through payment and shopping information. The FBI located the seller in New Jersey. The seller the told FBI that Peck's co-conspirator shipped radios from a FedEx facility in Ann Arbor. The co-conspirator told police he received the units from Peck.
Ford Motor Company lost 153 units because of the scheme.
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