TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced
the sentencing of an Illinois man to ten years in prison for his role in
a burglary and grand theft ring. An Orange County jury convicted
William T. Graham for Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering on May 4, 2007
in a case prosecuted by the Orlando Bureau of the Attorney General’s
Office of Statewide Prosecution. The case involved stolen electronic
equipment from locations throughout Florida and the United States.
Graham also received 10 years probation, which he will serve
consecutively after his 10-year prison term.
An investigation conducted by the Office of Statewide
Prosecution and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit
revealed that Graham, of Lake Villa, Illinois, was part of a criminal
organization responsible for hundreds of burglaries in a number of
states including Florida, Texas, and Colorado. Graham received stolen
computer and other electronic equipment from his co-conspirators, which
he then sold for profit. One co-conspirator testified that this group
was responsible for thousands of burglaries in 48 states over a
several-year period, resulting in millions of dollars in loss to
victims. Graham was sentenced today by the Honorable Richard Conrad.
A copy of the criminal charges filed against Graham is