Olympia man gets four years for role in theft from fuel depot

SEATTLE - An Olympia man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to steal gasoline from a Seattle fuel depot.

Martin Lynn Guitard, 48, also was ordered Friday by U.S. District Judge William Lasnik to pay about $1.2 million in restitution.

Guitard worked for GATX, which operated the fuel depot until 2001 on Seattle's industrial Harbor Island.

He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to steal interstate shipments, theft of interstate shipments, money laundering

and the filing of a false tax return.

From 1999 to 2004, Guitard and others stole nearly 3 million gallons of gasoline and sold it to unsuspecting gasoline stations for nearly $3 million, court records said.

As the terminal supervisor, Guitard knew a special code that allowed workers to pump fuel from the tanks without creating a record of the amount pumped.

Among other things, federal prosecutors said Guitard used money from the gasoline sales to build a full-size baseball diamond in his yard.

Four others pleaded guilty previously.

Christy Sue Rawls, 44, of Puyallup, and Andrew D. Cutright, 31, of Bonney Lake, were each sentenced earlier to 18 months in prison.

James R. Ito, 46, of Bellevue, and Neil B. Kikuchi, 56, of Kent, were scheduled for sentencing on June 15, the U.S. attorney's office said.