Suspected gasoline smuggling ring put in park throughout BK, city

Several people pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from accusations they took part in a gasoline smuggling ring that bilked Brooklyn drivers out of

BROOKLYN - Several people pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from accusations they took part in a gasoline smuggling ring that bilked Brooklyn drivers out of their cash.

Eight people and six companies are accused of buying hundreds of thousands of gallons of regular gasoline from fuel terminals in New Jersey and filling up Brooklyn and other New York pumps. Investigators say an untold number of drivers purchased the low-grade gasoline at higher prices, believing it was high-octane. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer also says the suspects committed tax fraud by buying the gas at a lower price in New Jersey and illegally smuggling it into New York with fake paperwork.

Spitzer has asked the court to seize $3 million collected in the smuggling operation.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Two teens attempting to jump from one rooftop 1 Teen dies trying to jump between rooftops
The organization works in neighborhoods to help promote 2 Save Our Street talent show takes over P.S. 289
Hundreds were on hand to honor an FDNY 3 Family, friends say final goodbye to fallen FDNY EMT
Organizers say they are still accepting memorabilia and 4 'Remembering World War I Project' works to preserve history
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity NYC were helping 5 Habitat for Humanity builds homes in Brownsville

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE