Man sentenced for stealing more than $380,000 in copper

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A 42-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay about $384,000 restitution for stealing copper from his employer.

District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a news release Tuesday that Matthew Belshe, of Wichita, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft.

Belshe was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution to Kruse Corporation, Belshe’s former employer, and Traveler’s Insurance.

Investigators say Belshe bought the copper pipe on company accounts and for four years, sold it to scrap dealers and kept the money.

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