Admits it diverted refunds and credits to owners’ accounts
The state attorney general on Nov. 27 announced that Bottini Fuel, based in Wappingers Falls, admitted falsifying its records to steal credit balances, including $10,000 owed to the Beacon City School District for six overpayments.
The company agreed to pay $1.76 million in restitution as well as a $1.5 million fine. A whistleblower received a reward of $491,000.
The attorney general’s investigation revealed that from 2004 to 2016, when a customer overpaid for heating oil, the company did not issue a refund or credit but in many cases moved the money to pay down accounts owned by the Bottini family, their friends and select employees.