Heller ordered to pay $160,000 in fines for gasoline price gouging

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JohnReid

Mclean, VA

#1 Mar 24, 2011
Heller ordered to pay $160,000 in fines for gasoline price gouging

Thursday, June 6, 1991

BOSTON (AP)- Seven years after Glenn Martin Heller was found innocent of price gouging at his Beacon Hill gas station, the federal government has finally forced him to pay back the money it says he stole from his customers.

On Tuesday, Heller, a former Monterey resident who now lives in Chevy Chase, Md., was fined almost $160,000 for selling gas at inflated prices from December 1976 to June 1979, U.S Attorney Wayne A. Budd said.

The bearded, bespectacled man who wore dirty red tennis shoes, jeans and wire-rimmed glasses, became infamous in the Boston area in the late 1970ís when he was accused of selling gasoline at prices that exceeded the price ceilings set by the Department of Energy, Budd said. The charges arose at a time when a gasoline shortage had spread throughout the country.

Even his supplier, the Gulf Oil Corp., went to court seeking to evict Heller for his alleged refusal to pay an increase in rent at his tiny Gulf station, then at the foot of Beacon Hill.

Heller defended himself by saying he was one of the few stations open 24 hours a day. He also cited his $1,000-per-month rent as justification.

The government didnít buy Hellerís story, but it turned out to be years before a court would order him to pay retribution.

Conviction overturned.

Heller was first indicted for overcharges in a 1979 criminal case handled by the DOE. A 1980 conviction was overturned later that year and the case was remanded for a new trial. Peter Mullin, an assistant U.S district attorney, said yesterday.

There were further proceedings in district court in 1982. The federal government appealed the case between 1982 and 1984, because of objections to certain proceedings in district court, Mullin said.

Heller was found innocent of criminal charges in April 1984, in Boston in a trial before U.S District Court Judge Joseph Tauro.

Finally, U.S District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock on Tuesday ordered Heller to pay $159,689.96 in fines for overcharges and civil penalties.

Heller was ordered to pay $134,689.96 for overcharging customers and $25, 000 for violations of the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970 and the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973.

The DOE also ordered him to pay an additional $54, 347. 98 for overcharging patrons, Budd said.

Heller was not available for comment last night, a woman who answered his phone said.

In recent years, before his move from the Berkshires, Heller took the role of local government watchdog, frequently objecting to what he saw as illegal or unwise actions by officials. His modus operandi included careful reading of various communitiesí legal advertisements for bids for contracted services and projects. He frequently found what he considered legal error, and communities in some cases were forced to readvertise.

He was involved in a number of controversies with officials in Monterey, Sheffield, Pittsfield and elsewhere. In Pittsfield he figured prominently in a 1986 conflict over the removal of crab apple trees form the cityís East Street median strip.

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stayntouch

Saratoga Springs, NY

#2 Mar 24, 2011
So, is this the same Glenn Heller who uses his mechanicism of projection to continue his rant on others? The same guy who can't answer a question if it isn't about someone or something else? The price gouging fool who has yet to pay any bit of his fine yet he conjures up accusations and insults about others? Ya, I thought so. I actually saw this stuff on another post but the link was broken. Thanks John Reid. Hopefully this will embarrass the guy into retreating back to the dark hole he lives in. Oh that we could all get that lucky.
PPD are drug dealers

Pittsfield, MA

#3 Mar 24, 2011
Nope. We heard this song before. Move on andbsck to the corrupt PPD
PPD are drug dealers

Pittsfield, MA

#4 Mar 24, 2011
He is still a hero to all of us
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Altamont, NY

#5 Mar 24, 2011
http://stashbox.org/957497/HellerArticle.jpg

I Did NOT have sex with that Woman!!!! I just stalked her!
Yummy

Williamstown, MA

#6 Mar 24, 2011
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC wrote:
http://stashbox.org/957497/Hel lerArticle.jpg
I Did NOT have sex with that Woman!!!! I just stalked her!
Now that's humor.
Tenn Global Cooling

Francestown, NH

#7 Mar 24, 2011
That's nothing compared to what real "energy crooks" like Al Gore have done.

That's multimillion$/billion$, from perpetuated fraud.
RRJO

Saratoga Springs, NY

#8 Mar 24, 2011
Figures you would all try and laugh it off. That is typical of people who avoid telling the truth and enjoy cheating innocent people out of their hard earned money...typical. And of course he's your hero, he is a reflection of your lack of integrity. All too typical. Too bad you don't have that gas station now Heller, you would probably enjoy ripping people off all over again. That is fertile ground for you isn't it? Turn yourself in. Nice work Reid.
RRJO

Saratoga Springs, NY

#9 Mar 24, 2011
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC wrote:
http://stashbox.org/957497/Hel lerArticle.jpg
I Did NOT have sex with that Woman!!!! I just stalked her!
Of course you didn't. You weren't good enough. From what I heard she slapped you a few times and pushed you away. Smart and has taste.
RRJO

Saratoga Springs, NY

#10 Mar 24, 2011
PPD are drug dealers wrote:
He is still a hero to all of us
LOL, some hero.
PPD are drug dealers

Pittsfield, MA

#11 Mar 24, 2011
RRJO wrote:
<quoted text> LOL, some hero.
please continue your mindless chatter. Your ignorance is show. Keep ur nose up the mayors ass. Ur used to the smell
Dingy Harry

Schaumburg, IL

#12 Mar 24, 2011
RRJO wrote:
Figures you would all try and laugh it off. That is typical of people who avoid telling the truth and enjoy cheating innocent people out of their hard earned money...typical. And of course he's your hero, he is a reflection of your lack of integrity. All too typical. Too bad you don't have that gas station now Heller, you would probably enjoy ripping people off all over again. That is fertile ground for you isn't it? Turn yourself in. Nice work Reid.
Sen. Harry Reid? Yup, I agree with all you said about Dingy Harry Reid. He cheats people out of hard earned money, lies like a rug, and has the integrity of the French, during wartime.
sher

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Mar 24, 2011
Well...Heller...someone just windexed your glass house. i know you won't answer but how many of the rah-rah cheerleaders are you posting under another name? Ouch...this post must hurt big time!
Moms Mabely

Albany, NY

#14 Mar 25, 2011
Regardless of Hellers personal issues I have not seen any refutable evidence that what he says is not accurate. However I do take it in perspective. There is all kinds of corruption around the area and if someone does not bring it out into the open it will only get worse.

If I could afford to I would just pack up and leave the cesspool to those who enjoy it so much but unfortunately it is not feasible.
Dads Dopey

Lenox, MA

#15 Mar 25, 2011
You are a bad boy glenn, ripping off consumers
you should be in jail!
jimmy crack corn

Adams, MA

#16 Mar 25, 2011
sher wrote:
Well...Heller...someone just windexed your glass house. i know you won't answer but how many of the rah-rah cheerleaders are you posting under another name? Ouch...this post must hurt big time!
sher coming from you thats a complement!!!! here piggy piggy piggy here piggy piggy piggy
stayntouch

Albany, NY

#17 Mar 25, 2011
sher wrote:
Well...Heller...someone just windexed your glass house. i know you won't answer but how many of the rah-rah cheerleaders are you posting under another name? Ouch...this post must hurt big time!
Exactly Sher! Windexed and cracked the glass wide open. It isn't the date of the violation that matters, it is the fact that this guy throws stone after stone while sitting in the dark somewhere avoiding his own trangressions. Pay up or shut up Heller.
Paying My Share

Albany, NY

#18 Mar 25, 2011
Wait, I heard Heller was donating the $160,000 in fines he owes to Japan relief. Oh. Wait. Sorry, I got that wrong. It's the listeners to WAMC who are donating money to Japan. Chartock hosted a special fund drive to raise money for the Red Cross. I doubt Heller has ever done anything that decent for anybody.
whiplash

Easthampton, MA

#19 Mar 25, 2011
" I doubt Heller has ever done anything that decent for anybody"

oh now, don't sell him so short. he's thinking about giving that country store $35 so it won't close.

of course,(he claims to live in virginia) so the commute to get eggs and milk in montgomery might get a bit costly for the commute.

i'd guess he still lives at home.... doing chores around the house and finding the tv remote for the old folks.
Sick of Nonesense

Albany, NY

#20 Mar 25, 2011
That is an excellent point whiplash...he says he lives in Virgina, but he is really living in Montgomery or close using his food stamps at the local market. It all makes sense.

He is all of his alter egos rolled up into one imprisioned mind living in one small dark room trying to save up the money to pay his fine and make good with the people he deceived. Ya think?

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