“With California’s higher emission standards, our community has become a hot bed for catalytic converter theft,” U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert for the Eastern District of California said in a release. “Last year approximately 1,600 catalytic converters were reportedly stolen in California each month, and California accounts for 37% of all catalytic converter theft claims nationwide.” (Credit: velimir/Adobe Stock) “With California’s higher emission standards, our community has become a hot bed for catalytic converter theft,” U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert for the Eastern District of California said in a release. “Last year approximately 1,600 catalytic converters were reportedly stolen in California each month, and California accounts for 37% of all catalytic converter theft claims nationwide.” (Credit: velimir/Adobe Stock)

A nationwide ring of thieves, dealers and processors of stolen catalytic converts was taken down in coordinated operations that took place across nine states. According to the Department of Justice, 21 people were arrested or charged in connection to two separate indictments that were unsealed in the Eastern District of California and the Northern District of Oklahoma earlier this month.

“This national network of criminals hurt victims across the country,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a release. “They made hundreds of millions of dollars in the process — on the backs of thousands of innocent car owners. Today’s charges showcase how the FBI and its partners act together to stop crimes that hurt all too many Americans.”

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