CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A federal grand jury in Charleston indicted a Red House man in connection with an alleged theft scheme that took thousands of dollars worth of diesel fuel from a military facility in Red House.
Charles Raymond Franklin, 59, of Red House, was charged in a three-count indictment with conspiracy to steal and receive public property and conspiring to receive stolen government property.
The indictment alleges that on Feb. 15 and 19, Franklin received about 196 gallons of diesel fuel and 194 gallons of diesel fuel, respectively, stolen from the West Virginia National Guard's Combined Support Maintenance Shop.
The Naval Special Warfare Command, a component of the U.S. Navy, contracted with the National Guard to run its Operational Stock program that stored and maintained equipment for naval operations at the facility. The heavy equipment used diesel fuel.
Franklin allegedly purchased the fuel at a greatly discounted rate from another individual.He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It merely shows the grand jury believed there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.