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11 charged in Miami fuel theft ring that made $100K a month

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Posted at 6:44 AM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 06:44:15-05

Authorities say 11 people are facing felony charges for their roles in a Miami fuel theft ring that used stolen credit card numbers. 

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told reporters Tuesday the thieves used so-called bladder tanks that were hidden inside trucks, vans and buses. She said they sold the stolen fuel at a discount to a Hialeah fuel company, which then sold it to other customers. 

The credit card thefts came using skimmers at gas station pumps. 

Investigators say the ring made about $100,000 a month in fraudulent transactions. 

The 11 suspects are facing racketeering, conspiracy and several other charges.