Couple who stole military jet fuel sentenced

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | Monday, August 20, 2012

An Oklahoma couple – Doyle and Cindy Latimer – who stole military jet fuel and created false receipts to cover up the theft were sentenced on Aug. 6 for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

Doyle Latimer, owner of the Oklahoma-based Latimer Trucking, transported jet fuel for the military by picking it up from fuel depots and delivering it to air force bases.

Doyle Latimer admitted, according to court records, that from 2001 through 2007 he stole fuel owned by the Air Force intended for delivery to military bases by draining it from the tankers and using it to operate his trucks.

Doyle Latimer admitted to creating fraudulent receipts to make the “numbers match” for paperwork submitted to Regional, an approved common carrier Latimer subcontracted with. Before 2006 – when Regional stopped accepting handwritten receipts for fuel purchases – he admitted his company siphoned 300 to 500 gallons a truck twice a day.

Doyle Latimer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months plus one day imprisonment and ordered to pay joint restitution of $109,818 plus $100 special assessment. He will also serve two years of supervised release. Doyle Latimer must also cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by his probation officer.

Cynthia Latimer was employed by Latimer Trucking and kept the business records. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to jointly pay the restitution of $109,818 plus $100 special assessment. She is also required to cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by her probation officer.

Court documents state that Latimer Trucking employs about 14 people and no longer hauls jet fuel or does any work for the federal government.

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