By Will Sanders
February 11, 2014
By Will E Sanders
TROY — The owner of a chop shop located just outside of West Milton learned his fate at a sentencing hearing in common pleas court Monday.
Michael R. Nowak, 62, of West Milton, was sentenced to a prison term of three years in prison.
Nowak, who did not speak at his hearing, was originally charged with three counts of felony receiving stolen property in June, but later pleaded no contest and was found guilty of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, both second-degree felonies, last month.
He entered the plea in an agreement with prosecutors, who agreed to recommend a three year, concurrent sentence and a forfeiture of property.
Nowak’s shop, located in the 7900 block of Kessler-Frederick Road, was raided by authorities who were executing a search warrant after investigating Nowak for being in possession of several large trucks and other vehicles, according to sheriff’s documents.
The investigation was launched by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office after receiving a notification from a Columbus trucking firm who traced the location of several stolen vehicles to Nowak’s property.
Court documents list several vehicles and other materials that were stolen, including several semi trucks and other trucks, a forklift, a diesel truck engine, and several cargo boxes.
After the completion of his prison sentence, Nowak must complete three years of post-release control.
Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.