Dustin "Dusty" Berry

A former Carrollton resident pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in a $245,000 conspiracy to sell salvaged parts with altered vehicle identification numbers.

Dustin “Dusty” Berry, 27, a highway patrol officer at the time, is alleged to have taken part in the scheme while working for a Carrollton auto-repair business between September and November of 2008.

Court documents allege Berry was aware of the operation at Potter Collision to remove VINs from damaged parts and place those tags on original manufactured parts.

Berry was one of four people named in the 19-count indictment handed down last year.

According to Monday’s plea agreement, Berry is subject to a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $205,000.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation.