Wichita man sentenced in copper theft scheme

April 16, 2019 - 11:03 pm

 A former Kruse Corporation employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of copper from his employer and selling it to scrap yards.

42-year-old Matthew Belshe was accused of using company funds from his employer to order copper piping. After the piping arrived, he would then sell it to scrap yards. He did this for almost four years, between 2014 and 2017, before finally being caught.    

Representatives of the Kruse Corporation agreed to sentence Belshe to probation. Under this agreement, he will have to make regular payments for restitution. The total loss in the case was determined to be over $338,000 dollars. Belshe's probation also states that he can't drink alcohol or do drugs and must enter into and remain in a program that helps people with gambling problems. 

Judge Bruce Brown told Belshe that he could serve over 2 years in prison if he did not successfully follow his probation.

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