www.patch.com, Maureen Mullarkey, November 3, 2022


SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Two Long Island men are facing federal charges, after they were found to be part of a multimillion-dollar national catalytic converter theft network, according to the Department of Justice.


Adam Sharkey, 26, of West Islip, and Robert Gary Sharkey, 57, of Babylon, are charged with conspiracy to receive stolen catalytic converters, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and other related charges, authorities said.


The men are two of 13 individuals charged in a 40-count indictment, from an Oklahoma federal grand jury.


According to court documents, together the defendants bought stolen catalytic converters from thieves on the street, then re-sold and shipped them to DG Auto in New Jersey for processing.
Over the course of the conspiracy, Sharkey received more than $45 million in wired funds from DG Auto, authorities said.


In addition to the indictments, over 32 search warrants were executed, and law enforcement seized millions of dollars in assets, including homes, bank accounts, cash, and luxury vehicles.
A total of 21 individuals in five states were arrested or charged for their roles in the network, authorities said. Continue Article