NEWARK – A Metuchen gas station manager is accused of recording fraudulent charges on fuel credit cards assigned to at least four Amtrak vehicles.
Umer Hassan Mir, 39, of South Amboy, has been charged with knowingly and intentionally stealing and converting for his own use approximately $ 9,600 in US department or agency money and having made false statements to federal law enforcement, Interim US Attorney Rachael A Announced Honig.
Mir was released for $ 20,000 after appearing by video conference Thursday before US trial judge Cathy L. Waldor.
According to the complaint, between July 29, 2019 and August 3, 2021, while working as a manager and attendant at a Delta gas station in Metuchen, Mir allegedly caused numerous fraudulent fuel charges to be entered on credit cards. of fuel leased by the General Service Administration (GSA) and assigned to Amtrak vehicles.
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The complaint did not state which of the three Delta gas stations in Metuchen Mir operates.
Amtrak employees using GSA vehicles have been instructed to purchase regular unleaded gasoline and provide accurate odometer readings when fueling their assigned vehicles with their fuel credit cards, the officials said. authorities.
The alleged fraud was initially discovered when a loss prevention technician from GSA discovered dozens of fuel credit card charges that exceeded the fuel tank capacity of the associated Amtrak vehicle, as well as premium fuel transactions and non-sequential odometer entries, according to the complaint.
Additional fuel credit cards assigned to Amtrak vehicles have been discovered to have been compromised by fraudulent fuel charges at the Delta gas station, according to the U.S. prosecutor’s office.
The fraudulent charges were reportedly entered at the Delta gas station by Mir, who would manually enter fuel credit card information collected from legitimate fuel transactions electronically into the point-of-sale terminal, according to the complaint. Immediately after some suspected bogus fuel transactions, Mir allegedly withdrew the amount of the fraudulent transaction from the gas station’s cash register, according to the complaint.
Mir also allegedly made false statements to law enforcement, according to the complaint.
If convicted of theft, Mir faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison while the misrepresentation charge carries a potential maximum penalty of five years. Each charge carries a maximum fine of $ 250,000.
Honig thanked Metuchen Police and others for their work on the case.
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