15 South Koreans accused of stealing heating fuel from US forces

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An aerial view of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in March 2014. Police have arrested 15 South Koreans accused of participating in an elaborate ring that stole heating fuel from U.S. forces. One of the suspects works at Osan, officials said. Courtesy U.S. Air Force
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An aerial view of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in March 2014. Police have arrested 15 South Koreans accused of participating in an elaborate ring that stole heating fuel from U.S. forces. One of the suspects works at Osan, officials said. Courtesy U.S. Air Force

15 South Koreans accused of stealing heating fuel from US forces

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 08, 2016
 SEOUL, South Korea — Police have arrested 15 South Koreans accused of participating in an elaborate ring that stole heating fuel from U.S. forces.
 
The suspects allegedly worked together to siphon out diesel and replace it with a low-grade oil that Koreans call lamp oil in deliveries to U.S. bases in South Korea, said officials familiar with the case.
 
It was not immediately clear how widespread the theft was. The officials said one suspect was a Korean national employee at Osan Air Base.
 
U.S. Forces Korea referred questions to the Defense Logistics Agency - Energy. The agency said there was an incident involving customer direct orders from U.S. air bases in Korea.
 
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