Businessman sentenced to prison in theft of plastic crates

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DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan hauling company president who pleaded guilty to wire fraud after plastic crates valued at more than $2.9 million were sold to a recycling firm for about $460,000 has been sentenced to 33 months in prison.

The Justice Department says in a statement that Arshawn Hall learned his punishment Thursday in Detroit federal court.

Hall's RAMA Enterprise Inc. was hired to transport auto parts in the crates and return the empty crates. The government says the crates were diverted elsewhere.

The Farmington man also pleaded guilty to willfully failing to file a 2012 federal income tax return on behalf of RAMA Enterprise. A judge also ordered Hall to serve three years of supervised release, pay more than $2.9 million in restitution and pay more than $142,000 to the IRS.

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