Jim "Joe Wolf" Costa was arrested in Plano, Texas after months on the run from a Seattle, Washington robbery. Costa, along with Michael "Chief Little Bear" George, is charged with impersonating Native Americans from the Cherokee Nation to steal copper wire from a public utility. They are both facing charges for first-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
A Cross-Country Copper Robbery
According to reports, Costa and George claimed to be running an arts and crafts program for disabled Cherokee Nation children and went to Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco for a donation of scrap metal for the program. Carrasco agreed to a small, 100 pound donation of scrap copper wire to be crafted into jewelry and belt buckles by the children.
Costa and George made off with over 21 tons of copper from the facility, totaling a loss of $120,000. Not native to Washington, the duo fled the state and headed to Texas with the purpose of stealing and reselling scrap metal. The copper wire from the Seattle robbery was discovered in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is a nationwide scheme that has caused facilities in places like Tacoma and Pullayup to lose money on claimed scrap metal donations in fraud tactics. Other states that have seen similar types of schemes include Texas, Main, and Mississippi.
Theft and trafficking charges can carry heavy fines and jail time if convicted. If you are facing similar charges, don't hesitate to call the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!