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NY man sentenced to 78 months for ’09 scrap heist

Sep 13, 2013 | 04:43 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  scrap metal theft, Christopher H. Monfort, Richard E. Riedman, Anthony J. Russell, Timothy M. Stone, Anthony Toscano, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A New York man involved in a scheme to steal processed scrap en route to a steel mill has been sentenced to 78 months in prison and ordered to pay $4,669 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Christopher Monfort of East Rochester was convicted of theft of an interstate shipment and conspiracy to steal an interstate shipment along with Anthony Toscano and Anthony Russell, both of Rochester; Timothy Stone of Chili; and Richard Riedman of Webster (, Oct. 3). Toscano, Russell and Stone were sentenced to 18, 15 and 12 months, respectively. Riedman has not yet been sentenced.

The men had been accused of stealing more than 16 tons of baled scrap, earmarked for a Pennsylvania mill, from a railyard in Batavia, N.Y., in 2009. Monfort also was accused of stealing 50 tons of the same type of scrap from the same yard, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Monfort could not be reached for comment.

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