8 indicted for stolen motorcycle ring spanning 8 years

LONDON, KY (FOX19) - A federal indictment charges five Kentuckians and three Ohioans with crimes related to the sale of stolen motorcycles.

The indictment charges Mark Justice, 52, of Ashland, Ky., John C. Slusher, 58, of Pineville, Ky., Robert Jason Chapman, 31, of Cleves, Ohio, George Ferguson, 63, of Ashland, Ky., Richard D. Meade, 64, of Ashland, Ky., Robert W. Harris, 60, of Newport, Ky., Shon Fields, 33, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Christina Bannigan, 31, of Cleves, Ohio with a money laundering conspiracy related to the interstate shipment of stolen vehicles.

The indictment also charges some of the defendants with money laundering and possessing stolen vehicle parts with the intent to sell them. In addition, Fields is charged with obstruction of justice and Harris is charged with lying to a federal law enforcement agency.

According to the indictment, the defendants altered or obliterated the vehicle identification numbers (VIN) from stolen motorcycles. They then allegedly transferred the title of the motorcycles to others, before selling them, to conceal the fact that the they were stolen.

The indictment alleges that the conspiracy stretched from January 2000 until February 2008 and that most of the alleged criminal activity took place in Bell and Boyd Counties. The defendants profited $2.5 million from the conspiracy, the indictment says.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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