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Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Guilty plea for Kevin Britton in international car theft ring

A middleman involved in an international car theft ring that Prince George’s County police dismantled last year pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles, authorities said.

Kevin Demetri Britton, 19, of D.C., was one of several people charged in connection with a transatlantic conspiracy that had men stealing or carjacking vehicles in the U.S. so they could be shipped to West Africa and sold there, authorities said.

In his plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Britton admitted to acting as an intermediary between those who actually stole the cars and those who arranged and paid for their shipment to Africa.

Prosecutors said Britton’s role in the scheme varied, though he sold at least nine stolen cars to a man who shipped them overseas — or people acting on that man’s behalf in 2010 and 2011.

Investigators believe more than $120,000 of value was lost in the stolen vehicles that Britton handled, prosecutors said.

Britton faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison at his sentencing in August, prosecutors said.

Two other men involved in shipping the cars overseas — Solomon Asare and Gabriel Awuzie — had previously pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the transatlantic scheme, prosecutors said.

Awuzie was sentenced in April to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $120,000, prosecutors said. Asare is scheduled to be sentenced in July, prosecutors said.

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