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Ringleader in Fuel Theft Ring Sentenced to 50 Years in Kaufman County

Duniesky Gonzalez

In August 2022, Kaufman County Sheriff's Office investigators John Dickey, Jared Jacks, and Justin Guy began investigating a fuel theft at Harvey’s Exxon in Kemp, Texas. Through video evidence, they identified several vehicles and suspects involved in the theft. Duniesky Gonzalez was later identified as the ringleader.

The investigation revealed the theft ring operated across nine counties and involved 15 different agencies. With assistance from the Texas Financial Crimes Intelligence Center (FCIC), Texas Comptroller, and other law enforcement agencies, investigators identified multiple individuals involved. Eight suspects were arrested and indicted, with others still at large.

In April 2024, Duniesky Gonzalez pleaded guilty to Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Gonzalez attended his sentencing hearing. State Prosecutor Richard Vance of the Smith County District Attorney’s Office presented Criminal Investigator Mick Kimbro from the Texas Comptroller’s Office as a witness. Gonzalez faced a possible sentence ranging from five years to life in prison.

Judge Taylor B. Heaton, after reviewing all evidence and hearing arguments from both sides, sentenced Duniesky Gonzalez to 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The co-defendants in this case are scheduled for trial later this year. The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude to the Texas Financial Crimes Intelligence Center, the Texas Comptroller, the Smith County District Attorney’s Office, and all agencies involved for their efforts in bringing justice to Kaufman County residents.

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