18 accused of copper theft scheme

May 01, 2013 | 04:28 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  copper theft, Asarco, New Star Services, ADPS, Ryan Young, Tom Horne, Rene Arbizo, Gene Garcia Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Eighteen people have been indicted for their alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar copper theft ring.

Most of the stolen copper was sent to a scrapyard in California before being shipped to international destinations, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS).

The accused, who face 136 felony counts, including illegally conducting an enterprise, conspiracy, money laundering and theft, include two former employees at Asarco LLC’s mine in Hayden, Ariz. "Rene Joe Arbizo and Gene Carlo Garcia were supervisors at the mine and played critical roles in the thefts," ADPS Captain Ryan Young said.....

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