Yard worker pleads guilty to lumber scam

A former employee of Stimson Lumber Co. in Plummer, Idaho, has admitted to pocketing more than $500,000 for selling lumber to an unauthorized third party, while he was responsible for loading and unloading trucks for his employer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

Trevor Mokry, 32, pleaded guilty on April 23 in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene to aiding the transportation of stolen goods. According to court records, between June 2007 and June 2011, Mokry admitted that he entered into an unauthorized "mill direct" sales arrangement with a business located in Spokane, Wash., which involved the business’ driver traveling from Spokane to Plummer to pick up lumber and then returning to Spokane. Mokry loaded the truck and received a check from the driver for the lumber.

Mokry sold Stimson's lumber to the Spokane business without the permission or knowledge of Stimson and never paid Stimson for the lumber, according to authorities. In a plea agreement, Mokry admitted that he was paid $581,445.24 by the Spokane company for the lumber. The government is seeking restitution for the victim.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for July 16, 2012. 

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