Fuel thief hit with fine plus compensation
A self-employed truck driver on Thursday admitted to fraudulently obtaining 579 gallons of gasoline from a service station.
Patrick Bosfield, 48, of Coral Harbour, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses and fraud by false pretenses at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
Joyce Wells, the proprietor of Wells Service Station on West Bay Street, said that she received a call from someone claiming to be businessman James Curling, who has an account with the station, the prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, told the court.
Based on the call, Wells authorized the release of the gasoline, worth $2,400, Davis said.
However, Wells later learned that Curling had not ordered any gasoline.
A check of the surveillance footage showed that Bosfield had collected and signed for the gas on Curling’s account, Davis said.
Bosfield, in his interview, said that he had delivered the fuel to Potter’s Cay Dock and was paid $75, Davis said.
McKinney ordered Bosfield to pay $2,400 in compensation to Wells. He was also ordered to pay fines totaling $2,500 to avoid spending a year in prison.
Ian Cargill represented Bosfield.