Latest defendant in Ozarks multimillion-dollar stolen catalytic converter business pleads guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Redacted News Release/KY3) – A former Springfield woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to her role in a conspiracy to transport tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters across state lines as part of a multi-million dollar business.

Danielle Ice, 34, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to conspiracy to transport stolen property across state lines.

Ice is the last of seven defendants in the case to plead guilty. Ice’s husband and co-defendant Leslie Ice, 37, as well as co-defendants Cody Ryder, 31, Enks Koshaba, 29, and Eric Kaltenbach, 37, all of Springfield, and Evan Marshall, 24, and Camren Joseph Davis, 25, also of Rogersville have pleaded guilty.

In pleading guilty today, Danielle Ice admitted that she and Leslie Ice stole at least 50 catalytic converters and sold them directly to Marshall. Marshall paid Daniel and Leslie Ice approximately $20,000 for stolen catalytic converters.

The Ices began stealing catalytic converters for Marshall in October 2020 and continued to steal catalytic converters and sell them to Marshall until at least March 2021. They photographed the victims’ catalytic converters while the catalytic converters were still attached to the victims’ vehicles. and sent the photos via SMS text message to Marshall. Marshall would then determine whether the victims’ catalytic converters were valuable. If Marshall responded that the catalytic converter was valuable, Leslie Ice removed the victim’s catalytic converter by cutting it from the exhaust system of the victim’s car using a battery-powered reciprocating saw. Leslie and Daniel Ice then sell the stolen catalytic converter to Marshall.

Marshall provided Leslie Ice with a list of vehicles by year, make and model that had valuable catalytic converters so that he could target specific vehicles from which to steal catalytic converters.

Marshall also gave Danielle Ice approximately $1,500 in cash in January 2021 so she could pay Leslie Ice’s bail on a state criminal case in which he was being held. Marshall provided the bond money to Leslie Ice so he could be released from custody so he could continue stealing catalytic converters and selling them to Marshall.

Marshall admitted to transporting stolen catalytic converters valued at $1 million or more across state lines from December 2019 to October 2021. Marshall also admitted to buying tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters directly from his co-defendants and others thieves, and sold the stolen catalytic converters for a total of about $1 million.

Under federal law, Daniel Ice faces up to five years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the recommended sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled following the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shannon T. Kempf and Megan W. Chalifoux. It was investigated by the Springfield, Missouri Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri State Patrol, Christian County, Missouri. , Sheriff’s Department, Webster County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Department of Revenue and Greene County, Missouri, Prosecutor.

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This effort is part of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-led, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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