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Texas Comptroller’s Office Helps Crack Down on Fuel Theft

Texas Comptroller's Office

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has helped to crack down on fuel thefts from a Texas military base.

Three men who conspired to steal $290,000 worth of aviation fuel from Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso have been sentenced to federal prison and another sentenced to federal probation.

Tomas Quintero and Luis Campos were both employees of a contractor which provided fuel to military and federal civilian aircraft at Biggs Army Airfield.

From 2007 until 2010, Quintero and Campos conspired to steal aviation fuel from the airfield, and sold it to Fernando J. Baca and Richard Baca, who owned gravel truck companies.

Quintero has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of tax evasion. Campos, who pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit theft, was sentenced to four months in federal prison.

Fernando Baca pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and IRS related charges, and received a 15-month federal prison sentence. Richard Baca was sentenced to 5 years probation for conspiracy to commit theft.

The Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division helped gather evidence and worked with investigators from the Department of Defense – Criminal Investigation Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Comptroller Susan Combs has enhanced the role of CID to help federal investigations along with pursuing criminal activity on state taxes.

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