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Chetumal station found holding back nearly 30 percent of pumped fuel

Chetumal, Q.R. — A gas station in the state’s capital city of Chetumal has been pinpointed as the most dishonest in the country when it comes to fuel theft to consumers.

Ricardo Sheffield Padilla of Procurador Federal del Consumidor (Profeco), made the announcement after members of the federal consumer protection agency measured fuel delivery against fuel charges.

The testing was made at Servicios Ecológicos del Mayab of Chetumal where the gas station advertises “liter for liter” fuel delivery. Their results found that the station held back nearly 30 percent of the fuel supposedly pumped into consumer tanks.

He explained that in one instance, while the gas pump displayed 27.1 liters of fuel delivered, the actual measured amount was only 20 liters.

Sheffield Padilla says it is is “the most exaggerated case” of gas station fuel theft in the country committed by pump dispatchers, while president Andrés Manuel López Obrador referred to it as the worst case of “brazen theft” he has seen.

The gas station is in the process of being sanctioned and possibly shut down. The station’s pump dispatchers are also being questioned.

The latest discovery of dishonest gas stations is part of a country-wide review being conducted by Profeco personnel after in June, they found fuel delivery altering devices on a pump in Champotón, Campeche.