Wichita maintenance technician sentenced for stealing from employers

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WICHITA, Kan A Wichita maintenance technician was sentenced Monday to 16 months in federal prison for making more than $150,000 by selling equipment he stole from the companies where he worked.

Mark A. Lankford, 45, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita to two counts of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted stealing equipment from two Wichita companies where he worked, Spirit Aerosystems and Fiber Glass Systems LP.

Lankford was employed as an equipment maintenance technician for Spirit Aerosystems from October, 2010 to Sept. 5, 2011. During that time he stole computer parts from Spirit with a total value of more than $466,559. He used email to offer stolen parts for sale mainly to individuals in Owing Mills, Maryland.

From March 2008 to Oct 2010, Lankford worked as a maintenance mechanic for Fiber Glass Systems in Wichita. He stole computer parts from the company with a total value of more than $41,268. He offered stolen parts for sale on eBay including an Allen Bradley Controllogix Processor 7 slot system stolen from the company.

Lankford obtained a total of more than $154,824 from selling stolen parts.


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