Two Ashland men were sent to prison Friday after they were sentenced for money laundering and stripping stolen motorcycles of their original marks, then rebuilding and retitling them for innocent buyers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Richard Meade, 67, was sentenced to two years, and Mark Justice, 55, to was sentenced a year and a half in federal prison after evidence established that motorcycles had been stolen at rallies in South Carolina, South Dakota and Florida by a group of thieves who brought them back to Kentucky to strip them and rebuild them. Parts of the stolen motorcycles were removed and replaced with aftermarket parts bearing different vehicle identification numbers, to conceal that they had been stolen. The stolen motorcycles were registered in Kentucky, with new identification numbers.
Meade and Justice took some of the newly registered motorcycles, sold them and helped provide fraudulent documents for the retitling process in 2006 and 2007, the release said. They pleaded guilty in 2013.
Six other defendants previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced for their roles in the case.
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Kentucky State Police and the FBI discovered 200 victims were impacted in this case, including insurance companies and motorcycle owners.