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Hampton couple indicted for $300,000 gas fraud against the federal government

36-year-old Colleen Newton-White has been a dispatcher for a fleet of 68 Army vehicles at Fort Monroe since 2006.

But she and ex-husband Lanarie White are now charged with using credit cards intended for gas and repairs to those vehicles, to cheat the federal government out of nearly $300,000.

Today, she didn't have anything to say to NewsChannel 3 cameras about those accusations against her and her ex-husband of filling up their own cars and selling the gasoline to other people at a discount.

According to the indictment, it says each of the vehicles in the motor pool assigned to Newton-White had its own credit card.

It says she would secretly remove the cards on a regular basis, including nights, holidays, and weekends and then return them in time for the next workday in order to elude coworkers.

The indictment shows eight transactions between March 2008 and June 2010 totaling over $6,000.

Court documents that NewsChannel 3 found from Newton-White's past show she may have been hurting for money.

In 2002, she filed for bankruptcy, which was dismissed in 2004 because she stopped making payments.

Officials at Fort Monroe say it wasn't until the FBI noticed them that they caught wind of what was happening.

They say while this has never happened at the post before, they are now working with General Services Administration to improve safeguards against this happening again.

Newton-White pleaded not guilty in federal court this week to the charges of theft of government property, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and making false statements to federal agents for denying any participation in the scheme.

Police are still looking for her ex-husband, Lanarie White.


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