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Associated Press, Published October 16 2012

Restitution ordered in SD scrap metal scam

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Three Bosnian refugees accused of selling counterfeit catalytic converters in South Dakota have been ordered to pay more than $64,000 in restitution to recycling companies in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Authorities say the bogus auto equipment had been imported from China and did not contain the precious metals typically found in catalytic converters.

The three men in their early thirties had North Dakota addresses when they were arrested in Rapid City in February. The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WtQVO1 ) that they pleaded no contest to a felony charge. Each was fined $2,000, given credit for time served and put on unsupervised probation.

A woman charged in the case is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. A juvenile also was arrested.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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