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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Richmond Man Sentenced for Theft of Copper from VA

Contact: James M. Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Derek
Less, 26, of Richmond, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to time
served, up to six months of community confinement and three years of supervised release for
stealing copper from facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in
Togus, Maine. He was also ordered to pay $2,590.30 in restitution. The defendant has been
detained since his arrest on November 19, 2013.

According to court records, in July and August 2012, the defendant stole over 400 pounds
of copper wire and pipe fittings from the VA and sold them to Clark’s Cars & Parts, Inc. to
support his drug addiction.

The investigation was conducted by the VA’s Criminal Investigation Division, Office of
Inspector General.

Updated January 26, 2015