Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
A federal prosecution of a construction equipment theft ring that spanned the nation and the Atlantic Ocean and was jump-started after a menacing complaint more than seven years ago came to an end Monday when a Bellefontaine man pleaded guilty to two felony charges.
Todd A. Lamb, 39, said during an appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson in Columbus he was guilty of one count of interstate transport of a stolen motor vehicle and one count of wire fraud.
Mr. Lamb will be sentenced sometime after Christmas and he faces up to 30 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. It is unlikely he will receive more than a couple years in prison, and he deposited $60,000 with the federal clerk of courts for restitution.
Restitution could increase as the plea agreement, which was reached late Sunday afternoon, named six individuals or companies including Dan Rogers of Wyoming and Faisal Jarmakani, an official with the Nigerian government.
Mr. Rogers received $23,000 Monday, $5,000 less than the purchase price of a backhoe he acquired from Mr. Lamb in 2006.
The Wyoming man noticed the vehicle identification numbers on the backhoe were altered and alerted authorities who returned the backhoe to its rightful owner.
That put into motion an Ohio State Highway Patrol investigation of Mr. Lamb and his operation at Almite Services Inc., 1771 County Road 130.
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