Newport man sentenced to 9 years for role in car theft ring

Newport man sentenced to 9 years for role in car theft ring

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GREENEVILLE (AP) - A Newport man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for racketeering as part of a sophisticated car theft ring.

Raymond Eddie Hawk, 56, who ran a salvage business, had pleaded guilty in a scheme that prosecutors said cost millions of dollars in losses.

Hawk and other defendants were arrested in June 2009 following a massive FBI investigation.

Authorities said Hawk's business was responsible for the corruption of some local law enforcement officers.

Several of Hawk's associates have pleaded guilty.

Investigators said earlier that the theft ring targeted vehicles at University of Tennessee football games, shopping malls and Bristol Motor Speedway.

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