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OSP Arrests Klamath Falls Man Related to Investigation Into Use of Lost Fuel Card to Purchase, Sell Fuel
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation into a lost government agency fueling card led to the arrest Wednesday of a Klamath Falls-area man on multiple charges related to allegations the suspect sold fuel obtained illegally using the lost card to others at a discounted price. In addition to charges related to this investigation, the suspect was arrested on 23 outstanding Klamath County fail to appear warrants.
According to Lieutenant Jason Westfall, the OSP investigation led to the arrest of ERIC BARNHART, age 38, on January 25, 2012. The investigation involving OSP Patrol Services Division troopers and Criminal Investigations Division detectives centered on the use of a lost ODOT Pac Pride fueling card. The lost card was discovered missing January 1st and allegedly used by BARNHART between January 5 and 11, 2012 to purchase approximately 1,800 gallons of fuel. The fuel was then sold to unknown persons, many out of state, for about $2.00 a gallon. BARNHART is not an ODOT employee.
BARNHART was located by an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper and taken into custody. In addition to the 23 outstanding warrants, he was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:
  • Theft in the First Degree
  • Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer
  • Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon