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City Businessman Pleads Guilty To Ripping Off MTA With Low-Quality Fuel

An MTA bus (credit: Getty Images)

An MTA bus (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City businessman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by providing poor-quality oil for city buses and passing it off as the good stuff.

Joseph Ioia pleaded guilty to grand larceny Thursday in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

The 61-year-old Ioia admitted he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the MTA by supplying cheap oil in 2010 and 2011.

Ioia submitted false bills pretending he was providing a superior product.

It’s expected that Ioia will be ordered to pay $863,000 in fines and restitution when he is sentenced.

Ioia also will be sentenced to five years’ probation and 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends.

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