Former FedEx manager took over $ 3.25 million worth of goods


BALTIMORE (AP) – Delaware man who stole more than $ 3.25 million worth of goods while working at a FedEx facility has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for interstate transportation of stolen goods and tax evasion.

Prosecutors announced that Joseph Kukta, 45, of Laurel had been sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for theft and resale of shipped goods, WMDT-TV reported. Kukta was also ordered to pay over $ 1.1 million in restitution and lose over $ 1.8 million.

Kukta, a senior manager at the Seaford FedEx facility, admitted to taking packages and reselling items to co-defendant Saurabh Chawla for around 50% of their retail price between 2009 and 2019, according to his plea agreement. Kukta would bring the stolen items to a relative in Chawla in Maryland. Kukta received over $ 1.8 million in illegal proceeds.

In 2018, Kukta also began taking packages from loaded FedEx trailers for delivery to a store in Rehoboth Beach, prosecutors said. He would go to the facility when the employees were not there and turn off the lights and block the cameras to avoid being seen.

Kukta admitted to evading over $ 660,000 in income taxes.

Chawla had previously been sentenced to 66 months in prison for conspiracy, interstate transport of stolen goods and tax evasion.

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