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Final defendant in Ozark multi-million dollar stolen catalytic converter business pleads guilty

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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (REDACTED NEWS RELEASE/KY3) – Former Springfield woman involved in conspiracy to transport tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters across state lines as part of multi-million dollar business pleaded guilty in federal court.

Colombian 34-year-old Daniel Ice pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to participating in a conspiracy to transport stolen goods across state lines.

Ice is the last of seven defendants charged in the case to plead guilty. Ice’s husband and co-defendant Leslie Ice, 37, and co-defendants Cody Ryder, 31, Enkus Koshava, 29, and Eric Kaltenbach, 37, all of Springfield, Evan Marshall, 24, and Camren Joseph Davis, 25, Rogersville defendants also pleaded guilty.

Today, Daniel Ice pleaded guilty and admitted that she and Leslie Ice stole at least 50 catalytic converters and sold them directly to Marshall. Marshall paid Daniel and Leslie Ice about $20,000 for the stolen catalytic converter.

Ices began stealing Marshall’s catalytic converters in October 2020 and continued to steal and sell them to Marshall until at least March 2021. Via SMS text message to Marshall. Marshall then determines if the victim’s catalytic converter is worth it. When Marshall replied that the catalytic converter was worth it, Leslie Ice removed the victim’s catalytic converter by disconnecting it from the victim’s vehicle’s exhaust system using a battery-powered reciprocating saw. rice field. Leslie and Daniel Ice then sell the stolen catalytic converter to Marshall.

Marshall provided Leslie Ice with a list of vehicles by year, make and model with valuable catalytic converters so that he could target specific vehicles to steal the catalytic converters.

Marshall also gave Daniel Ice about $1,500 in cash in January 2021 so he could post a bond for Leslie Ice in a criminal case in the state where he was in custody. Marshall provided bail for Leslie Ice so that he could be released from custody and continue to steal and sell his catalytic converters to Marshall.

Marshall admitted to shipping stolen catalytic converters across state lines from December 2019 to October 2021. He sold the stolen catalytic converter for a total of about $1 million.

Under federal law, Daniel Ice is sentenced to up to five years in federal prison without parole. Defendant’s sentencing will be determined by the court based on advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing is scheduled after the completion of the existence investigation by the U.S. Probation Service.

The case is being prosecuted by U.S. Assistant Attorneys Shannon T. Kemp and Megan W. Charifoo. It was investigated by the Springfield, Missouri Police Department, Homeland Security Investigation Service, IRS Criminal Investigation Service, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri Highway Patrol, and Christian County, Missouri. , Webster County, Missouri Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Department of Revenue, Greene County, Missouri Prosecutor’s Attorney.

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force

This effort is part of the work of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF). OCDETF uses a prosecution-led, intelligence-led, multi-agency approach to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States. Additional information about the OCDETF program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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