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Hurricane man pleads guilty in stolen diesel scheme

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Hurricane man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday for his part in a scheme that took thousands of dollars worth of diesel fuel from a military facility in Putnam County.

Matthew Todd Brock, 42, pleaded guilty to theft of government property, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

In September 2010, Brock was hired as the program manager for the Naval Special Warfare Command program in Red House.

While working as the program manager for the program, Brock began using a government-issued credit card to make illegal fuel purchases, the release states.

Between February and March 2012, Brock used the card to put fuel in his personal vehicle and family members' vehicles, according to the release.

In all, Brock made about $5,619 in illegal fuel purchases using the card, according to the release.

In May 2012, for about eight months, Brock began stealing diesel fuel from the Red House center, the release states, which he later sold for $1 per gallon. Brock sold a total of nearly $14,000 in diesel fuel from the facility, according to the release.

In July, Charles Raymond Franklin, 59, of Red House, was charged with three counts of conspiring to steal and receive public property and conspiring to receive stolen government property.

Franklin is alleged to have knowingly received around 196 gallons of diesel fuel stolen from the National Guard's maintenance shop.

Franklin faces up to five years on the receiving stolen property charge and up to 10 years in prison on each charge of conspiring to receive stolen government property. He also faces a $250,000 fine on each count.   

Brock faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine when he is sentenced on Nov. 18.    

 

 


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