Paducah, KY – A federal grand jury returned an indictment at this time, charging Daniel Lee Clark with a number of counts of larceny of autos taken from Fort Campbell in April and Might of 2022. Joseph Pewitt was additionally charged with creating false paperwork and making false statements to the FBI.
U.S. Lawyer Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Particular Agent in Cost Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Area Workplace, and Chief Keith Shumate of the Fort Campbell Provost Marshal’s Workplace made the announcement.
In response to the indictment, Clark, age 20, was a civilian dwelling on the Fort Campbell Military Set up. Claiming to work for Fort Campbell’s housing authority and claiming that his job was to eliminate autos, Clark bought over 20 autos to the Guthrie Scrap Yard. These autos have been parked at Fort Campbell and had been stickered by Fort Campbell police as being topic to impound. A lot of the autos Clark bought have been towed and crushed by the scrap yard. Clark didn’t work for the housing authority, and he had no authorization from the autos’ homeowners or from Fort Campbell to promote the autos.
Pewitt, age 57, the proprietor of Guthrie Scrap Yard, was advised by certainly one of his tow truck drivers that the army was investigating stolen autos. Pewitt instructed an worker to manufacture invoices relating to his purchases of autos from Clark, and he supplied these to army investigators. Throughout an interview with the FBI, Pewitt made materially false statements relating to the fabricated invoices.
Clark and Pewitt will make their preliminary court docket appearances on a later date earlier than a U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide within the U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Kentucky within the Paducah Division. If convicted, Clark faces a most sentence of 20 years in jail and Pewitt faces a most sentence of 10 years in jail. A federal district choose will decide any sentence after contemplating the sentencing pointers and different statutory elements. There isn’t a parole within the federal system.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Campbell Provost Marshal’s Workplace.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Raymond McGee, of the U.S. Lawyer’s Paducah Department Workplace, is prosecuting this case.
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed harmless till confirmed responsible past an inexpensive doubt in a court docket of legislation.