Man gets prison in Houston-based stolen goods case

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HOUSTON (AP) — A businessman from Lebanon must serve nearly 13 years in a U.S. prison over a scam involving medicine, baby items and beauty supplies stolen and then resold.

A federal judge in Houston on Thursday sentenced Sameh Khaled Danhach and ordered him to repay $540,000. Danhach last year was convicted of conspiracy to transport stolen merchandise in interstate commerce, transporting stolen merchandise and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say Danhach lived in Houston as a legal permanent U.S. resident but faces deportation after leaving prison.

Investigators say Danhach used immigrants believed to be in the U.S. illegally to steal from retail chains. Some items were recovered during a 2012 raid on a Houston warehouse.

A witness for FedEx testified that fraudulent unpaid shipping accounts tied to Danhach's operation cost the company $540,000.

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