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Guilty plea in New England cooking oil conspiracy

A truck driver has pleaded guilty in a scheme to steal $430,000 worth of used cooking oil from hundreds of restaurants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to sell in New Hampshire.

Anthony Simone Sr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., to charges of conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property.

Two brothers, business owners Andrew and Bruce Jeremiah, of Cranston, R.I., have pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

Prosecutors said Simone worked for the brothers. They said Simone would drive a truck to the restaurants between midnight and 6 a.m. and pump used cooking oil into a tank inside the truck. Later, it would be sold to a New Hampshire business that uses it for animal feed and biofuel.

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