Millions of customers of Cisco’s three gas stations along the Georgia border with North Florida have been defrauded in a multi-million dollar scheme. Now a federal grand jury has indicted the owner, a Camden County businessman, and his family members.
From 1995 through March 2008, the family is accused of deliberately miscalibrating the fuel pumps giving consumers less fuel than they paid for. Millions of dollars were lost by cheating customers; at least $7 million total said the Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph Newman in announcing the 17-count indictment.
The stations were located along I-95. Besides the one in Camden County, another was a truck stop in St. Marys, and one in Kingsland, Georgia that all catered to traffic between Florida and Georgia. The stations were reported to be very popular and always busy.
All three stations are now closed.
Cisco is out of the state but expected to turn himself into the FBI Friday. The charges include wire and mail fraud, conspiracy and criminal trademark infringement for selling a substitute to BP gasoline. This was a joint investigation by the FBI, the IRS, Georgia bureau of Investigation and local police departments.
These men are looking at some time in a federal prison. The federal charge of conspiracy is punishable by up to five years, and each of the 15 wire and mail fraud charges is punishable by up to 20 years behind bars.
A trademark infringement conviction can bring a 10-year term.
As experienced Jacksonville personal injury lawyers, we feel it is important for the public to be informed regarding the recent events of fuel fraud and hope that such incidents do not victimize trusting customers ever again.
Source report: http://www.jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-09-11/story/cisco_others_indicted_in_camden_fuel_fraud_scheme