Putnam County Man Indicted in Connection with Fuel Theft from Military

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a man from Red House, W.Va., in connection with an alleged theft scheme that took thousands of dollars worth of diesel fuel from a military facility in Putnam County.

Federal prosecutors say Charles Raymond Franklin, 59, of Red House, is charged with conspiracy to steal and receive public property, and conspiring to receive stolen government property in the three-count indictment.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 15, Franklin knowingly received approximately 196 gallons of diesel fuel that was stolen from the West Virginia National Guard’s Combined Support Maintenance Shop located in Red House.

The indictment also alleges that on Feb. 19, Franklin received approximately 194 gallons of diesel fuel that was also stolen from the facility in Red House.

Prosecutors say Franklin purchased the stolen diesel fuel at a greatly discounted rate from an individual known to the grand jury.

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,

If convicted, Franklin also faces a $250,000 fine on each count.

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