MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two former FedEx employees and a New York co-conspirator pleaded guilty to a shipping theft scheme that defrauded FedEx and wireless carriers out of more than $1.7 million.
Akeem Gowdy, 23, Tavaris Mickens, 23, both from Memphis, and Juan Royal, 24, from New York, pleaded guilty to the charges Friday according the U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton.
The three defendants, along with Memphis native Christopher Crawford, 31, and New York native Jordan West, 27, were indicted for planning to steal cellphones from Verizon and AT&T. The reported conspiracy took place in October 2015.
Gowdy, Mickens and Crawford were all employees of FedEx during the conspiracy.
According to Stanton, Crawford and West sent $10,000 in U.S. currency to one another through FedEx. Crawford also contacted a FedEx vendor call center in Arizona to set up a fraudulent corporate shipping meter account using his mobile phone.
Stanton said each defendant knew the wireless devices were stolen during the crime.
Royal, Gowdy and Mickens each pleaded guilty to one count of interstate shipping on March 17. All three are set to be sentenced July 8.
Each defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and individual fines of $250,000.