Jail inmate sentenced for making an attempt to steal $3 million of heavy gear whereas nonetheless in jail

Jail inmate sentenced for trying to steal $3 million of heavy equipment while still in jail

2021-12-03 03:24:30

GORDON COUNTY, Ga. — Federal authorities sentenced a northwest Georgia man charged with working a scheme to steal almost $3 million of heavy gear whereas he was locked up in jail.

Damon Thomas Younger, has been serving a 20-year sentence on the Georgia State Jail in Reidsville after being convicted of assaulting a police officer and 10 years for violating the state’s Racketeer, Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Younger additionally has prior convictions of theft by taking, impersonating a public officer, arson, forgery, housebreaking and arson together with theft by deception and was not eligible to be launched from jail earlier than June of 2030. Younger had been sentenced on the assault and the RICO prices in 2010 and has been in jail ever since.

Officers mentioned this time, whereas Younger was serving his sentence, started utilizing a contraband cellphone in 2019 to attempt defrauding a number of heavy gear sellers out of tens of millions of {dollars} price of kit. They mentioned Younger was utilizing the alias Morgan Sylvia and claimed he was a buying officer with AbbVie, an actual biopharmaceutical firm. They mentioned he would then order the heavy building gear which might be delivered in and round Ranger, Georgia the place he and his household lived claiming that the corporate was constructing a facility in Ranger..

Officers mentioned that gear, would then be put up on the market on Craigslist.

Younger was in a position to purchase quite a lot of building gear by speaking with the sellers through telephone, textual content and electronic mail whereas nonetheless in jail. He was in a position to full credit score functions, buy orders, gross sales contracts and insurance coverage paperwork which he would ship again to the sellers as a part of the scheme. Officers mentioned he was additionally in a position to ship the sellers a fraudulent company decision doc allegedly signed by firm officers, however these signatures had been actually cast.

The U.S. lawyer’s workplace mentioned Younger was in a position to order almost $3 million of kit from six completely different sellers. They mentioned a lot of the sellers had been in a position to catch the fraud earlier than delivery the gear however Younger was nonetheless in a position to get 4 items despatched to him with a price of over $500,000. He was in a position to promote a number of the gear on-line and use the cash to buy two Chevy vehicles. The Gordon County Sheriff’s Workplace was in a position to get better all of the stolen and bought gear.





A federal decide sentenced Younger to seven years in jail for this crime adopted by three years of supervised launched and the decide has ordered him to pay again $30,000 to the web purchaser of the stolen gear.

The decide additionally mentioned the brand new sentence will run concurrently with the state sentence he’s at the moment serving.

“Younger schemed to steal tens of millions of {dollars}’ price of heavy gear whereas serving a sentence for assaulting a police officer,” mentioned U.S. Lawyer Kurt R. Erskine. “Inmates shouldn’t suppose that the crimes they commit from jail will go unpunished simply because they’re already incarcerated. As on this case, inmates who commit crimes from behind bars face further federal jail time to be served after their state sentences finish.”

“The usage of contraband cell telephones by inmates as a software to proceed finishing up crimes from behind the partitions of our amenities is not going to be tolerated,” mentioned Georgia Division of Corrections Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “We’re grateful to our legislation enforcement companions on each stage for making certain justice is served on this particular person for his position in jeopardizing each the protected and safe operations of our amenities and the protection of the general public.”

“We’re more than happy that this matter has been dropped at a profitable conclusion by way of the mixed efforts of our companions in state and federal authorities, and ourselves. This was a large and sophisticated investigation that required the most effective efforts of all of the officers, brokers and prosecutors assigned to the case. My congratulations to every investigative company and to the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for all of their laborious work,” Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston mentioned.

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