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Fleet Case Leads to Probation

September 26, 2003

A man who pleaded guilty to involvement in a multimillion-dollar auto-parts theft ring in the city of Tallahassee's fleet division will not serve a federal prison sentence, reported the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ordered Ernest Henderson, 69, to serve five years on probation, including the first six months on house arrest, and pay about $45,000 in restitution, according to his attorney, Alex Morris.

The government alleged that Henderson illegally bought two high-performance engines from Harold Richardson, the former parts supervisor for the city garage, who was sentenced to five years. Henderson owns an automotive store in Havana. Richardson and two others were accused of buying more than $2 million worth of refrigerant, high-performance auto engines, auto parts and tools the city never needed or used, reselling them, and pocketing the money, court records show.

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