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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In USA v. George Robey (SD Ind., Barker), a 17-page opinion, Judge Kanne writes:

Defendant George Robey operated a modern‐day “chop shop”—he and his associates stole cars, altered their identities using office and computer equipment, and then sold them. He was convicted by a jury, and the district court sentenced him to 110 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

Robey appeals his conviction and sentence on three grounds. First, he argues that he did not receive a speedy trial, in violation of the Speedy Trial Act and the Sixth Amendment. Second, Robey contends that the district court erred in allowing the government to amend the indictment by dropping nineteen of the twenty‐five charges. Third, he argues that the district court erred at sentencing by finding that Robey’s theft of ten vehicles, in addition to the four vehicles forming the basis of his conviction, constituted relevant conduct. We affirm.

A. Factual Background
From 2009 until 2011, Robey and his associates stole cars from lots around Indianapolis, altered the cars’ identities, and then sold them. As part of this operation, Robey would change a stolen car’s identity by giving it a new Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”), a unique 17‐digit identification code. Robey would also create counterfeit documents to support a stolen car’s new identity, which included generating a title, insurance card, sales contract, and temporary license plate. Robey created these counterfeit VINs and documents using a computer, scanner, printer, and digital image editing software.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 3, 2016 04:22 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions