Gates Mills man indicted for selling stolen construction equipme - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Gates Mills man indicted for selling stolen construction equipment

A 20-count indictment was filed against Jerry Palladino, age 66, of Gates Mills, Ohio for his role in selling more than a dozen pieces of heavy construction equipment that was reported stolen in Northeast Ohio, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced Wednesday.

"This defendant is accused of crossing state lines with more than a dozen pieces of expensive construction equipment that was stolen," Dettelbach said.

The indictment charges Palladino with two counts of mail fraud, 14 counts of sale or receipt of stolen vehicles, and four counts of making a false tax return.

Yale Stuble, 50, of Rome, Ohio, was also charged with one count of sale or receipt of stolen vehicles.

The first sixteen counts of the indictment arise from Palladino and Stuble possessing, concealing, storing, selling or disposing of stolen construction equipment, typically a unit referred to as a "bobcat" or "skid steer," and transporting it across state lines for sale at an auction.

The construction equipment was stolen between 2005 and 2007 from locations in Ohio including Beachwood, Cuyahoga Falls, Warrensville Heights, Willoughby Hills, Garfield Heights, North Perry Village, Cleveland, Euclid, Kent, Fairlawn and Maple Heights, according to the indictment.

The tax counts pertain to Palladino deriving income from the proceeds of the sale of the stolen equipment and failing to report the income on his tax returns. There is also a forfeiture provision regarding the monies received from the disposal of stolen construction equipment.

If convicted, the sentence in this case may be determined by the Court after consideration of the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which depend upon a number of factors unique to each case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the unique characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Patton following investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Madison Township Police Department, Lake County Sheriff's Office, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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