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UPPER MARLBORO (WUSA9) -- A former WMATA contractor pleaded guilty to stealing and selling copper wire/cable used on Metro tracks.

James Mulcahey stole approximately 30,000 pounds of the copper wire and sold it to various scrap yards for $88,000, according to the Prince George's County State's Attorney.

"Theft is never a victimless crime. Mr. Mulchaey's actions do not just impact WMATA, but also all of the people in the DC region who use Metro on a daily basis as their choice of transportation," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. "When thefts occur, the items have to be replaced and costs incurred may have to be passed onto those who use the service. I want to thank WMATA, Metro Transit Police and Charles County Police for their efforts to bring Mr. Mulcahey to justice."

Mulcahey pleaded guilty to one count of theft between $10,000-$100,000. Sentencing is set for July 31, 2014. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will ask for a sentence within guidelines.

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