A federal judge Friday sentenced an Elgin couple for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud the United States by the theft of military jet fuel.
Doyle Latimer, 56, and his wife, Cynthia Latimer, 57, of Elgin, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge David L. Russell. Doyle Latimer was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Cynthia Latimer was ordered to serve two years probation.
Russell ordered the defendants to jointly pay $109,818.91 in restitution to the U.S. government.
The federal government buys jet fuel (Jet Propellant 8 or JP-8) from fuel depots in Oklahoma City and Wynnewood to supply the jet fuel needs at various military bases including Tinker Air Force Base.
Latimer Trucking, owned and operated by Doyle Latimer, transported the JP-8 for the military and picked up JP-8 jet fuel from the fuel depots for delivery to the air force bases, according to court records. Cynthia Latimer was employed by Latimer Trucking in the office and kept the business records.
The Latimers were indicted on Dec. 13, 2011, and charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. Both defendants pleaded guilty to the conspiracy on May 4.
As part of his plea, Doyle Latimer admitted that from 2001-2007 he stole JP-8 jet fuel belonging to the U.S. and intended for delivery to military bases by draining it from the tankers and using it to operate his trucks, according to court records.
He further admitted that he knew his wife was creating false fuel receipts to cover up the use of the JP-8 jet fuel in operating his trucks, according to court records.
Cynthia Latimer admitted to conspiring with her husband to cover up the theft of JP-8 by preparing false fuel receipts which appeared to document legitimate diesel fuel purchases for Latimer trucks when, in fact, there had been no purchase of diesel fuel, according to court records.
In carrying out this conspiracy, the Latimers were able to reduce the costs of their daily trucking operation, according to court records.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ross N. Lillard III and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Troester.
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