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Tennessee Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Stolen Sports Cards

Desiree Haros
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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thomas Z. Kasemeyer, a 34-year-old man from Friendsville, Tenn., has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove. The sentence comes as a result of Kasemeyer's involvement in a conspiracy to transport stolen goods across state lines. Following his prison term, Kasemeyer has also been ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

According to Kasemeyer's guilty plea agreement, he and his co-defendant, Coy Lee Best, engaged in a series of burglaries in Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky during 2021 and early 2022. Their criminal activities primarily targeted businesses dealing in valuable sports cards and similar merchandise. Following these burglaries, Kasemeyer and Best would frequently cross state lines to sell the stolen items at other sports card stores.

In addition to his prison sentence, Kasemeyer has been ordered to pay $198,775 in restitution, representing the total value of the merchandise stolen during the conspiracy. His co-conspirator, Coy Best, was previously sentenced to 24 months in prison in May 2023 for his role in the criminal conspiracy.

Under federal law, both Kasemeyer and Best are required to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences. Furthermore, in addition to the restitution, the court has directed Kasemeyer to pay a monetary judgment of $30,000, which reflects his personal proceeds derived from the stolen merchandise.

This case serves as a reminder of the consequences individuals may face for engaging in criminal activities such as conspiring to transport stolen goods across state lines. Law enforcement agencies are committed to upholding the law and ensuring that those involved in such activities are held accountable for their actions.


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