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Worker pleads guilty to stealing equipment from two Wichita companies

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 4:36 p.m.

A maintenance worker pleaded guilty Monday to selling equipment he stole while working at two Wichita companies, Spirit AeroSystems and Fiber Glass Systems.

Mark A. Lankford, 45, of Wichita made more than $150,000 from selling the equipment, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release. Lankford pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.

He stole computer parts worth more than $450,000 from Spirit while working there from October 2010 to September 2011 as an equipment maintenance technician. He offered to sell the parts in April 2011 to people in Maryland, according to Grissom.

All but about $12,000 in those parts were recovered by law enforcement, Grissom said.

Lankford also stole computer parts from Fiber Glass Systems while working there from March 2008 to October 2010 as a maintenance mechanic. He tried to sell more than $41,000 in parts on eBay, Grissom said.

His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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