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The Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement has arrested a man in Fort Pierce, Fla., accusing him of illegally obtaining more than 800 gallons of fuel with stolen credit card information.
The state has charged Julio Regalado Garcia, 51, with one count of unlawful conveyance of fuel and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. Both charges are third-degree felonies.
Garcia had filled up what is known as a “bladder truck,” a truck that is
retrofitted with a large, hidden fuel tank. Legal authorities have said bladder trucks are often used to obtain large quantities of fuel to sell on the black market.
“Illegally obtaining and using someone else’s financial information is one of the most common types of identity theft in our nation. We will do everything in our power to protect Floridians and visitors from financial crimes,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam in an announcement of the arrest.
–Donna Harris, email@example.com
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