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