Missouri: 1 more pleads guilty in catalytic converter scheme
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Another suspect pleads guilty today in a multi-million dollar catalytic converter scheme in Missouri.
Six of the seven suspects indicted in this case have now pleaded guilty in federal court. They’re from Springfield and Rogersville, Missouri.
They pleaded guilty to their roles in transporting tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters across state lines.
Today, 24-year-old Evan Marshall pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of transporting stolen property across state lines.
“By pleading guilty today, Marshall admitted that he transported stolen catalytic converters, valued at $1 million or more, across state lines from December 2019 to October 2021. Marshall also admitted that he bought tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters directly from his co-defendants and from other thieves, and sold the stolen catalytic converters for a total of approximately $1 million.” – US Department of Justice, Western District of Missouri
According to attorneys, “Marshall began selling the catalytic converters to a company in Mountain Home, Arkansas, in the fall of 2019. At that time, Marshall would purchase junk vehicles and sell the vehicles’ parts, including the catalytic converters. In the late fall of 2019, the owners of the Mountain Home company asked Marshall if he would begin purchasing catalytic converters in southwest Missouri and sell to them exclusively.”
6 of 7 suspects have now pleaded guilty
The other suspects who have pleaded guilty to transporting stolen property across states lines are:
- Cody Ryder, 30, of Springfield
- Enx Khoshaba, 29, of Springfield
- Leslie Ice, 37, of Springfield
- Eric Kaltenbach, 37, of Springfield
- Camren Joseph Davis, 25, of Rogersville
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