Putnam man sentenced to probation in Guard diesel fuel theft
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Putnam County man who admitted to stealing thousands of dollars' worth of diesel fuel from a West Virginia National Guard facility was sentenced to probation Monday.
Charles Raymond Franklin, 60, of Red House, pleaded guilty in October to receiving stolen government property.
Between May 2012 and March 2013, Franklin purchased hundreds of gallons of stolen diesel fuel, for a fraction of its market price, from Matthew Brock, a contract employee with the National Guard, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
Franklin received more than $14,000 worth of fuel from Brock, the release states.
Brock pleaded guilty to stealing fuel from his employer and was sentenced to four years probation.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington sentenced Franklin to 24 months of probation, the release states.