6 pleaded guilty after an internal security investigation to thousands of stolen catalytic converters

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOV) – Six Missouri residents have pleaded guilty in federal court to a multimillion-dollar scheme to transport tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters across state lines.

According to an internal security investigation, 24-year-old Evan Marshall from Rodgersville was the group’s leader in a plan that spans from December 2019 to October 2021.

Marshall admitted that he bought tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters directly from his co-prosecutors and other thieves and sold the stolen catalysts for a total of approximately $ 1 million.

“This is actually fueled by a much larger criminal network that is expanding across the country, across the nation and around the world. And it finances much larger criminal networks and can harm the community as a whole, “said HSI chief executive Timothy Kicksmiller.

He said the investigation showed that the federal government was taking the thefts seriously and that many other investigations were under way.

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