The 16th and final defendant in a scheme to resell $20 million in stolen goods at Maryland pawn shops pleaded guilty Wednesday, prosecutors said.
William Cooper Jr., 38, admitted he took part in a conspiracy to transport goods — such as non-prescription drugs, toiletries, gift cards, DVDs and tools — that had been stolen in bulk from large retailers like Target, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Kohl's, according to a statement from Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office.
The U.S. Attorney's Office estimates that the entire conspiracy involved about $20 million in stolen merchandise. Cooper, who will be sentenced in April, faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Final defendant pleads guilty in $20M pawn shop scheme
Goods stolen from big box retailers were sold to shops
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