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December 16, 2015

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Van

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that FRANK MIKE, JR., age 46, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to an Indictment charging him with interstate transportation of a stolen 2010 Dodge Caravan van from Louisiana to Georgia.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced MIKE, who had been detained in jail on the charge for 20 months, to imprisonment for time served and to a three-year term of supervised release. The Court ordered MIKE to pay restitution in the amount of $13,667.25 and a $100.00 special assessment. MIKEwill remain in custody due to a state parole revocation and a hold for a pending state court trial.

According to court records, on February 19, 2014, family members reported to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Department that Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph of Reserve, were missing. A relative also indicated that she loaned her 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan to the Josephs but that the van had not been returned. On February 27, 2014, the missing 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan was recovered by the Fulton County Police Department in College Park, Georgia, at an apartment complex. Investigators discovered that van had been parked at the Travelodge Hotel located in College Park. On February 21, 2014, video surveillance at the Travelodge showed MIKE driving the van into the hotel parking lot.

In March 2014, the bodies of Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph were found in the Intercoastal Waterway in New Orleans East. The New Orleans Parish Coroner determined that their deaths resulted from drowning. Later forensic testing revealed that blood samples taken from the stolen van matched the DNA of both victims.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Orleans Police Department, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Fulton County Police Department, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Michael B. Redmann was in charge of the prosecution.

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