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3 plead guilty to stealing shipments of meat from West Texas plant

Published On: May 04 2013 01:10:17 PM CDT

AMARILLO, Texas -

(AP) - Three California men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal meat shipments from a West Texas plant.
    
The Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/YvdSEM) reports that Ruben Ashikyan of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Levon Ashikyan of Glendale, Calif., and Grigor Darmandjian  of North Hollywood, Calif., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.
    
They were charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to steal interstate shipments, theft of interstate shipments and transportation of stolen goods after a sting operation at Tyson Fresh Meats in Amarillo in February.
    
The government alleged that the Armenian immigrants conspired with a woman who posed as a dispatcher for a fictitious company to haul stolen meat to California.
    
The FBI launched an investigation in 2011 into large-scale truck heists in Texas after $82,000 in beef was stolen from Tyson, the newspaper said.