2 accused of stealing $480K of fuel

Map of Navajo Mine
2 accused of stealing $480K of fuel

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say two men are accused of stealing fuel from the company that operates the Navajo Mine for the past three years.

The Daily Times reports that the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Juel Jordahl and Roy Swapp have been arrested on charges including racketeering and dealing with stolen property.

They are accused of siphoning $480,000 in fuel since 2011.

Australian-based company BHP Billiton first reported the allegations to the Sheriff’s Office in April.

Officials say Jordahl, who had a contract to dispose of scrap metals from mining operations, started sending employees over several times a day.

They say Jordahl’s workers used a pump station at the mine in Waterflow to fill up surplus fuel tanks and Swapp, a BHP manager, went along with it.


Information from: The Daily Times

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