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Florida Man Sentenced for Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Violations Related to the Illegal Transportation of Gasoline

On February 21, Antonio Borges, of Hialeah, FL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in
Miami, FL to felony charges of illegally transporting hazardous fuel without the required
HazMat placards and using counterfeit credit cards. Borges was sentenced to three years
probation and ordered to pay $1,059 in restitution for illegal transactions. Borges
admitted to purchasing gasoline using counterfeit ExxonIMobil credit cards at several gas
stations in the Miami area in July 2003. At one location, Borges pumped over 121
gallons of fuel, gathered through two consecutive purchases, into an illegally modified
pick-up truck containing a large gas tank. The truck (which has a manufactured fuel tank
capacity of only 19 gallons) was not placarded as required by DOT regulations. This was
a joint investigation with the U.S. Postal ServiceIOIG, the U.S. Secret Service, the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Miami-Dade Police Department,
Hialeah Police Department, and the Florida division of FMCSA.