Kansas man pleads guilty in pricey calculator conspiracy

Man faces five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release

Trish Mehaffey
Published: January 21 2014 | 5:40 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:28 am in
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A Kansas man who agreed with others to steal scientific calculators from Wal-Mart stores in multiple states and ship the calculators to New York City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court.

Caleb Nelson, 29, of Wichita, Kans., was convicted of one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce. Nelson faces five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following his prison time.

During the plea hearing, Nelson admitted to transporting more than $5,000 in stolen scientific calculators.  Nelson said he and a co-conspirator drove from Wisconsin into Iowa with more than 200 stolen scientific calculators valued at more than $26,000 Aug. 13, 2013. Nelson also admitted he and a co-conspirator stole fourteen scientific calculators valued at $1,295 from the Wal-Mart in Maquoketa on the same day.

Nelson and his co-conspirator/brother Jacob Nelson, 31, also of Wichita, were arrested shortly after leaving the Wal-Mart.

Jacob Nelson previously pleaded guilty Nov. 19, 2013 for his role in the conspiracy to transport stolen calculators.  His sentencing is  Feb. 4.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Morfitt and were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Maquoketa Police Department.

 

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