Brothers plead guilty in stolen cooking oil case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Cranston brothers have pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell 200,000 gallons of cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The U.S. attorney said Monday 78-year-old Andrew Jeremiah and his 72-year-old brother Bruce pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully transport stolen goods. They own Jeremiah Motors Corp. and Removal Services and Green Energy in Central Falls.

Prosecutors say co-defendant Anthony Simone Sr. in 2011 and 2012 regularly visited businesses where cooking oil could be found and pumped it, overnight, into a truck registered to Jeremiah Motors. It was taken to the Jeremiahs’ Central Falls facility.

The brothers sold it to a New Hampshire company specializing in processing it for use in animal feed and biofuel.

Simone is being sentenced in the case in October.

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