Using lunch boxes to smuggle silver

June 30, 2009 6:21:36 AM PDT
A husband and wife have been jailed for smuggling $2.1 million worth of scrap silver out of a western Pennsylvania plant in their lunch boxes.

Fifty-two-year-old Pamela Shermenti and 57-year-old William Shermenti, of Loyalhanna Township, will begin serving their sentences July 6. A Westmoreland County judge on Monday sentenced the wife to one to two years in the county jail; her husband will serve nine to 23 months.

The couple must also pay $250,000 in restitution to AMI DOCUCO, the company they worked for while stealing the hockey puck-sized silver disks from 2006 to 2008. The plant in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, makes electrical equipment.

The couple sold some of the scrap to a dealer for about $600,000.

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