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Man Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Park Lights

American Memorial Park

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James Ochcha, 52, who was recently indicted for conspiring with two others to steal and sell metal lighting units from American Memorial Park, entered a guilty plea in federal court on Tuesday. Sentencing was set for late October. Ochcha was indicted with Dominic Chipwelong and Masaoishy Daikichi Sallem for conspiracy to sell federal government property and theft of federal government property. According to the indictment, Ochcha and his co-defendants committed an offense against the U.S. last November by conspiring with one another to steal and sell metal lighting units which are federal government property. The lighting units carried an estimated value of more than $1,000. Ochcha was also indicted separately for destruction of veteran memorials. The indictment stated that on or about November 1st and 7th, Ochcha unlawfully destroyed metal lighting units, structures and monuments located at the Court of Honor and on park property near the Beach Road entrance of American Memorial Park. The indictment added that Ochcha accompanied Chipwelong on or about the morning of November 1st to sell a portion of the metal lighting units to the employees of Huang Zheng recycling center.



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