WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A California man who tried to steal a truckload of beef from a southwest Kansas slaughterhouse has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
Oganes Nagapetian was sentenced for conspiracy to commit interstate shipment fraud following his guilty plea.
His brother Tigran Nagapetian pleaded guilty to the less serious crime of hiding a felony for lying to authorities and concealing his brother's actions and was given a probatinary sentence.
Both Oganes and Tigran are from North Hollywood, Calif.
The brothers were charged with trying to steal nearly $88,000 worth of packaged beef from Tyson Fresh Meats in Holcomb by posing as legitimate freight haulers. Authorities say the case exemplifies a relatively new form of identity theft.
The Kansas indictment linked Oganes Nagapetian to cargo thefts in California, but he has not been charged in those cases.