An Indiana warehouse worker has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $353,000 in restitution for stealing Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycle parts and selling them on eBay.
Douglas Castle of Winchester, Ind., was convicted of theft of interstate shipments, according to the U.S. Department of Justice office of southern Indiana.
Castle stole and diverted shipments from his then-employer, a logistics and warehousing company in Greenwood, Ind., that handled Harley parts and accessories.
He started out small, pilfering Harley brand jewelry, clothing and other merchandise by concealing the items in baggy pants on his way out of the warehouse, according to the Justice Department that prosecuted the case.
Over time, his scheme grew in scope and sophistication. Eventually, he began diverting whole shipments of motorcycle parts that retailed for roughly $450 apiece.
Castle used his position at the warehouse to create fraudulent shipping labels and affix them to packages of motorcycle parts, which caused the shipping company to deliver the packages to Castle’s home instead of Harley-Davidson dealerships, the department said.
Each package contained dozens of expensive parts. Then, pretending to be an official online retailer of Harley products, Castle sold the stolen items to unwitting buyers on eBay, according to the Justice Department.
Castle perpetuated the scheme for more than 18 months until he was caught and fired by the warehouse company. Once caught, he cooperated with the government’s investigation, which was led by the FBI.
In total, Castle diverted, stole and sold approximately $353,000 worth of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts and apparel, the Justice Department said.