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ARI Manager Indicted by Federal Grand Jury on Theft Charges

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The man in charge of the American Railcar Industries plants in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri is the target of a federal grand jury indictment handed down yesterday, alleging that he stole heavy construction equipment and sold it across state lines.

The 14-page indictment alleges that James Pipkin of Rector and Thomas Miller of Trumann stole bulldozers, backhoes and other related equipment between June and September 15 of 2004.  The indictment alleges that the items were then transported out of state, where they were sold. 

Pipkin and Miller were arrested in May and questioned by the FBI and the Arkansas State Police.

Pipkin, who works at the ARI plant in Marmaduke but oversees the operations at the company's facilities there as well as Paragould and Kennett, Missouri, is charged with one count of conspiracy to transport, receive and sell stolen vehicles, two counts of transporting stolen vehicles, five counts of receiving stolen vehicles, one count of conspiracy to structure the sale of stolen vehicles and four counts of attempting to structure the sale of stolen vehicles.

Miller is charged with two counts of conspiracy to transport, receive and sell stolen vehicles, three counts of transporting stolen vehicles, one count of conspiracy to structure the sale of stolen vehicles and four counts of attempting to structure the sale of stolen vehicles.

Pipkin is represented by Little Rock attorney Chuck Banks, while attorney Randal Miller of Jonesboro is representing Thomas Miller.

 

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