PIKEVILLE — A federal grand jury has accused three Letcher County residents of taking part in a car theft conspiracy.
Henry Hall, Goldie C. Pierce and Roger Tolliver were each named in an indictment handed down March 7. All three were charged with counts of conspiracy, aiding and abetting the receipt of stolen vehicles and aiding, and abetting the receipt of stolen property.
According to the indictment, all three conspired with each other and unnamed others to engage in the interstate transportation of stolen vehicles; the receipt, possession, storage, sale and disposal of stolen vehicles; the interstate transportation of stolen goods; and the obliteration and alteration of vehicle identification numbers.
The indictment alleges that participants in the conspiracy would steal vehicles and other goods in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, then transport them across state lines to Letcher County, where they would be sold.
In one instance, a 2002 Ford F-250 was stolen Dec. 17, 2011, in Morristown, Tenn., and transported to Hall, who allegedly later sold it to Tolliver.
On Feb. 25, 2012, a 1995 Kenworth tractor and 2003 Rogers trailer were stolen in Knoxville, Tenn., and transported to Hall. It was later found at a Letcher County residence shared by Hall and Pierce.
If convicted, Hall, Pierce and Tolliver each face five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for the conspiracy charges. Hall and Pierce are each charged with three counts of aiding and abetting, andTolliver faces two counts of the charge, with each count carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Tolliver also faces a single count of altering vehicle identification numbers, which carries a maximum five-year sentence and $250,000 fine.
In addition to the criminal charges, the indictment also seeks forfeiture of 23 vehicles, including passenger cars, farm and construction equipment, trailers and dump beds, as well as $1 million in cash from the three.