California trucker pleads guilty to stealing load of meat

May 06, 2019 - 8:23 pm

A California trucker working for a Kansas freight brokerage pleaded guilty to stealing a load of meat valued at more than $160,000.

Federal prosecutors said Gegham Avetisyan, 37, of Valley Village, California, pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Avetisyan contracted with a business in Olathe, Kansas, to deliver the meat to three places in California. He faxed documents to the company using the name Robert Ivanov.

Avetisyan picked up the meat at a packing plant in Omaha but didn't deliver it.

He faces a sentence of up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 12.

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