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Ex-driver For Econo Fuels Reindicted By Grand Jury

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CANTON - An Ogdensburg man and ex-driver for Econo Fuels Inc. accused of never delivering $12,000 worth of fuel was reindicted Thursday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury for third-degree grand larceny.
He also was indicted for 15 counts of first-degree falsifying business records.
Ernest W. Brothers, 38, of 524 Covington St., allegedly tampered with ticket numbers for fuel deliveries for 4,445 gallons of fuel, the report said.
A St. Lawrence County Grand Jury had previously handed up an indictment indicting Brothers forh third-degree grand larceny and eight counts of falsifying business records.
Massena-based state police said in March Brothers falsified business records on several occasions by signing Econo Fuels delivery tickets for fuel that had not been delivered to customers.
Brothers claimed to have made several deliveries of diesel fuel in 2010 to Alcoa East, including 475.1 and 175 gallons on Aug. 10; 500 and 200 gallons on Aug. 19; 225 and 450 gallons of on Aug. 26; 550 and 230 gallons on Sept. 23; and 200 and 500 gallons on Oct. 15 He also claimed to have off-loaded 950.3 gallons of diesel fuel at Econo Fuels on Sept. 10. The fuel had a value of $2,718.81, court documents noted.
The grand larceny charges stem from thefts that occurred between Aug. 10 and Oct. 15, 2010 when Brothers reported delivering fuel to Alcoa East but instead off-loaded it at an unknown location.
On Sept. 10, 2010, he also reportedly claimed he had off-loaded fuel at Econo Fuels in the village of Massena, but instead off-loaded it at an unknown location. The estimated value of that fuel was $9,797.22, according to court documents.
Michael B. Darling, part owner of Econo Fuels, told police in a statement that he became suspicious after receiving a call from Alcoa on Sept. 27, 2010 telling him they had run out of diesel fuel.
Mr. Darling said he reviewed his records and video from the Alcoa East front gate and determined that Brothers had not signed in or out of Alcoa on any of the dates when he was reportedly making deliveries.
Brothers, in his statement to police, denied the allegations. He told state police investigators he had delivered the fuel to Alcoa. Brothers said the guards had frequently waved him through the gate without making him sign in.
Other recent indictments handed up by the grand jury included:
* Willie Moses, 35, 26 Tamarack St., Massena, was indicted on two counts of third-degree burglary. He is accused of entering a building at 119 W. River St., Ogdensburg, with the intent to commit a crime twice from March 15 - 18, according to court documents.
* Christopher Austin, 25, 804 Mansion Ave., Ogdensburg, was indicted for third-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He is accused of entering a residence at 723 New York Ave. damaging a door and stealing about $10 in property, according to court documents.
* Cassandra Premo, 22, 147 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg, was indicted for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Ms. Premo is accused of selling cocaine twice on Oct. 28, 2010 in Ogdensburg.
* Andrew J. Stoddard, 20, 7 Lori Lane, Hudson Falls, was indicted for two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Mr. Stoddard is accused of selling Aprazolam, a depressant, on March 15 and 16 in Potsdam.
* Terrance A. Brown, 21, 2516 Far Rockaway Blvd., Far Rockaway, was indicted for fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance. Mr. Brown is accused of selling N-benzylpiperazine on March 3 in Potsdam.
* Ricky C. Hughes, 47, 66 Monkey Hill Road, Ogdensburg, was indicted for first-degree criminal contempt. Mr. Hughes is accused of violating an order of protection in place for Lisa Hughes. He allegedly threatened her on Sept. 17, documents said.
* Mohamed R. Bourhouat , 25, 118 Leroy St, Apt. 3, Potsdam, was indicted for driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is accused of driving while intoxicated with a suspended license June 29 on Munson St. in Potsdam,
* Jesse C. Davis, 21, 1700 County Route 25, Lot 13, Canton, was indicted for two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Mr. Davis is accused of selling Ecstasy Oct. 28, and Nov. 1, 2010 in Potsdam.

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