Georgia Men Sentenced for Illegally Transporting Fuel
On November 20, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Macon, Georgia, Enery Perez Rodriguez and Reinaldo Rodriguez were sentenced in connection with illegally transporting hazardous material. Enery Perez Rodriguez was ordered to serve three months of incarceration, 24 months of supervised release, fined $100 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $175. Reinaldo Rodriguez was sentenced to serve 13 months of incarceration, two months of supervised release, fined $100 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $998.
OIG's investigation established that the subjects used stolen credit cards to purchase 119 gallons of diesel fuel and then transported the fuel in violation of HAZMAT safety regulations. Discover Card Services contacted the United States Secret Service following their discovery of the use of stolen credit card numbers. The subjects were observed using the credit cards and then filling multiple vehicles with diesel fuel using storage containers concealed inside the beds of the vehicles. The fuel was then transported and sold on the black market.
This investigation was worked jointly with the U.S. Secret Service with significant assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Georgia Division.