Oil company owner pleads guilty to selling diesel illegally

| 4/14/2006

The owner of a New York fuel oil company pleaded guilty in early April to selling diesel fuel illegally to construction companies in the area.

The Times Herald-Record newspaper in Middletown, NY, reported that Thomas Russell, owner of Reliable Oil in Bethel, NY, pleaded guilty to selling the fuel, even though he wasn’t licensed for it.

Russell, who is only licensed to deliver home heating oil, was also charged with failing to pay the state taxes for motor fuels.

The Times Herald-Record reported that Russell was charged with 18 felony counts of illegally selling diesel fuel.

His guilty plea got Russell a deal with a five-year probation sentence. He must also pay $5,265 in taxes to the state Department of Taxation and Finance.