A truck driver from Farmington Hills, Michigan managed to make some $460k by allegedly stealing plastic crates and bins belonging to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and selling them to a Wixom recycling company, The Detroit News reports. The driver, one Arshawn Hall, was arraigned in federal court last month on several charges, including wire fraud, and could face up to 20 years in prison.
The alleged thefts started in May, 2012, and lasted 10 months. Mr. Hall is accused of taking some $2 million-worth of plastic containers used by FCA to ship automotive parts over that time. When asked by the recycling company in Wixom about the bins, Hall said that they were his.
“As he very well knew, Hall did not own the crates and had not obtained them lawfully from [FCA] and was not entitled to sell them,” said Hall’s indictment. The driver has been asked to forfeit a $200k home in Farmington Hills allegedly purchased with the proceeds from his thievery.
Fiat Chrysler declined to comment on the case, stating only that “it would be inappropriate for [FCA] to comment or provide details” on an active criminal investigation.