Ten Kansas City-area men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a truck and cargo theft ring.
One of the men, 51-year-old Myron Piggie, may be familiar to college basketball fans.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, the men face charges for conspiring to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers in addition to cargo.
On Dec. 14, 2012, the men were charged in a 25-count indictment that remained under seal for one year. In late December 2013, the indictment was unsealed and made public.
Defendants include Kenneth Ray Borders, 42; Christopher Dwight Turner, 44; Reginald Shawn Tidwell, 43; Harold Robertson, 55; Verdie Carr Jr., 53; Ryonell Eugene Frederick, 45; Michael O’Neal Foster, 54; and Myron Piggie, 51, all of Kansas City, Mo., as well as Jon Dirk Dickerson, 55, of Raytown, Mo, and Kyle Wayne Dickerson, 30, of Holden, Mo.
According to the release, each defendant worked to steal commercial trucks and trailers, as well as stolen meat, beer, Nike shoes, electronics, appliances and dog food. Borders, Tidwell, Turner and Foster allegedly stole five Freightliner trucks and 17 trailers between 2005 and 2011. The trailers included reefers with 39,000 pounds of meat; 565 boxes of beef valued at $149,790; $125,000 worth of frozen ribs; and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of frozen chicken, including $59,706 in chicken wings alone. The indictment also showed utility trailer theft, including one trailer with $16,657 worth of Budweiser beer, Nike shoes worth $217,353 and 21,000 pounds of Little Sizzler sausages.
Prosecutors allege the men reused the stolen trucks and trailers by using false vehicle identification numbers, fake license plates, forged registration documents and made-up carrier names. The group even faked U.S. DOT certificates. When trucks or trailers broke down, the men disposed of them rather than repair them, the release said.
Investigators later found stolen truck and trailers dismantled on property lots leased by the defendants.
Frederick, Robertson and Piggie allegedly received the stolen cargo. Piggie, who owns the MP Convenience Store in Kansas City, MO, was once a major player in summer basketball leagues central to major college basketball recruiting. He served jail time after being convicted of funneling money to top prep basketball players, including several who later played in the NBA.
Prosecutors have filed a forfeiture allegation against the men that could require them to forfeit property “derived from the proceeds of the alleged conspiracy,” the release states, including $991,234.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General; the FBI; the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department; the National Insurance Crime Bureau; the National White Collar Crime Center; the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center; Travelers Investigative Services; the Missouri State Highway Patrol; CargoNet; and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.