A California man has been sentenced to 18-months in prison for his involvement in an attempt to steal $163,000 worth of meat products from Nebraska Beef.
In addition to the prison time, United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg says that Artak Medjbarian, of Sherman Oaks, will also serve three years of supervised release.
The 33-year-old Medjbarian was charged in May of 2012 by a federal grand jury in a scheme with others to steal loads of meat cargo, by pretending to be the legitimate freight haulers. They claimed they'd been given authority to transport the cargo. The indictment specifically charged a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to engage in the interstate transportation of stolen property.
The indictment alleged that Medjbarian used the identity of Lopez Trucking, of a legitimate trucking company in Arizona, to bid on hauling a load of meat from Nebraska Beef to California.
The plot began to unravel when the freight brokers found descrepancies in documentation submitted.
The brokers contacted Lopez Trucking, the legitimate company in Arizona. The firm told them that they did not have trucks operating under their authority in the State of Nebraska on the day Medjbarian showed up at Nebraska Beef with his concocted story.
Omaha Police were contacted and Medjbarian was initially arrested on local charges including possession of stolen property. The license plates on the tractor were not registered to that vehicle.
In addition to the Omaha Police Department, the case was also investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.