Man part of elaborate stolen chicken part black market scheme sentenced
More than $248K worth of chicken parts sold
4:46 PM, Oct 19, 2018
It seems like you can get almost anything on the black market, but a Maryland man was sentenced for selling something you wouldn't typically expect to be sold.
39-year-old Lamar Tiquon Greene will spend seven months in prison followed by seven months of home detention for his involvement of the interstate transportation of stolen chicken parts. In this elaborate scheme, over $248,000 worth of stolen, processed chicken parts were sold on the black market.
Greene is among two others who were part of this scheme, and all three of them will serve time in prison and will have to pay restitution totaling $248,721.
According to their plea agreements, one of the men, Clifton Seeney, worked as a commercial truck driver for a company that transported pallets of frozen, processed chicken parts from a Maryland company. Greene and the other man, Dondrey Copper, worked at the companies processing plant in Cordova, Maryland.
From April 2015 to December 9, 2015, the trio exploited the system their company set in place and sold the frozen chicken pallets in the New York City area. Essentially what they would do is text each other shipment information about the parts, scan the chicken so they were counted, remove them from the truck without scanning them again, and then load them on the truck driven by Seeny which was going to legitimate customers.
The truck driver, Seeny, would then be told how many stolen parts were on the truck and he would deliver them to black market customers on the same trips he delivered pallets of chicken to legitimate customers.
On December 9, another employee told their supervisor that pallets of chicken were being loaded onto a trailer without being properly scanned. The employee also told Copper and Greene about the mistake, not knowing they were in on the plan.
Seeney was told to return with his load of chicken parts, but ignored the order and denied anything was wrong. GPS tracking on the truck showed he stopped at other locations that were not legitimate customers where he got cash in return for the parts. Seeney then posted pictures on his social media account flashing a wad of cash that he got from the illegal transaction.
Text messages shown during the investigation linked Copper and Greene to Seeney. The insurance carrier for the chicken processing company estimated the value of the stolen chicken products at approximately $248,000.