Federal grand jury charges band of 21 in UCO theft, money laundering and immigration fraud : Biofuels Digest

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In North Carolina, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a Superseding Indictment charging 21 individuals from North Carolina, New York, Turkey, Mexico and El Salvador on charges of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen used cooking oil, money laundering, harboring aliens, and immigration-related entrepreneurship fraud.

According to court records, the objective of the conspiracy was to profit from the illicit trade in large quantities of used cooking oil stolen in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, and transported to New Jersey for sale and distribution.

In particular, the Superseding Indictment alleges that members of the conspiracy repeatedly traveled to restaurants in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, in box trucks equipped with containers designed to store and transport liquids, pumps, hoses, and burglary tools, for the purpose of stealing large quantities of used cooking oil.

Additionally, members of the conspiracy transported the stolen used cooking oil in the box trucks to a warehouse in Durham, North Carolina, for consolidation and storage. Thereafter, a tanker trailer was used to transport the consolidated stolen used cooking oil to Virginia and elsewhere.

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