Man pleads guilty to selling scrap metal and tools stolen from VA hospital

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US District Court
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CONCORD, NH – Kristopher White, 25, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Aug. 2 to 15 counts of unlawfully converting government property.

According to U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice, from June 8 to June 19, 2015, three barrels that contained government-owned scrap metal and 25 government-owned tools were stolen from a maintenance building at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manchester.  On June 9, 10 and 19, 2015, White knowingly sold the stolen scrap metal to a recycling business in Manchester, and on June 19 he knowingly sold 12 of the stolen tools to a pawn shop in Manchester.

The crimes to which White pleaded guilty are felonies because the cost price or market value of the stolen items is more than $1,000

The maximum period of imprisonment for each offense is 10 years.  The maximum fine for the offense is $250,000.  White will be sentenced by United State District Court Judge Landya B. McCafferty on November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Judge McCafferty will sentence White after she has had the opportunity to review a pre-sentence investigation report prepared by the United States Probation & Pretrial Services office.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division and the VA Police Services at the Manchester VA Medical Center.  The case was prosecuted by AUSA Robert M. Kinsella.