Guilty plea in stolen waste vegetable oil case

College Park man pleads to transporting stolen property

September 23, 2013|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

The owner of a College Park waste collection business pleaded guilty Monday to transporting stolen property as part of a scheme to steal waste vegetable oil, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

Ahmad Qaabid Abdul-Rahim, 37, admitted in a plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to receiving nearly $99,000 for selling more than 94,000 gallons of stolen waste vegetable oil during a nine-month period last year.

Abdul-Rahim, who according to the plea agreement once played football at the University of Maryland, acknowledged that he and a friend first stole waste vegetable oil in 2010 from restaurants in Prince George's County, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. They used flatbed truck that was part of a towing business Abdul-Rahim owned and stored the stolen oil at a warehouse in Baltimore County before selling it to out-of-state companies, court documents say.

In the fall of 2010, Abdul-Rahim started a waste vegetable oil company, Waste Not Inc., bought a vacuum truck, hired salesmen and eventually obtained 650 contracts to collect waste oil from various businesses. In October of that year, Abdul-Rahim and a driver he hired began to steal oil from businesses with which he did not have contracts, according to the plea agreement. He shipped both legitimate and stolen oil to a business friend in Middle River, who then sold it to fuel companies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

Abdul-Rahim faces up to 10 years in prison. Judge J. Frederick Motz scheduled sentencing for Dec. 3.

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