Police: Fired worker steals $26K in gas

Juan Hernandez-Mora, Sept. 23, 2013 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Juan Hernandez-Mora, Sept. 23, 2013 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) – A 40-year-old man is accused of purchasing more than $26,000 in gasoline using a corporate credit card despite the fact he had been fired.

Juan Hernandez-Mora was arrested Friday on one count of first-degree aggravated theft, Sgt. Steve Bevens, a police spokesman said.

Detectives learned Mora had been employed at Pacific Cargo Services for three years before being terminated in January 2013.

From Jan. 3 – July 4, 2013, police said Mora used the card hundreds of times at numerous Pacific Pride fueling stations between Portland and Seattle.

According to Oregon business records, PCS filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2013, and Bellevue, Wash. based Postal Express bought the company.

A spokesperson for Postal Express confirmed the arrest but declined to comment because the alleged crime occurred when the company was under different management.

Officials said Mora was a driver for PCS and was issued a corporate credit card for gas related expenses.

Mora was questioned Friday by detectives and acknowledged the theft of gasoline and was later booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The total amount of gasoline Mora is accused of stealing is estimated by police to be $26,772.67.

He is expected to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court Monday afternoon for his arraignment.

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