Former DOT worker pleads guilty to theft

Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009

PALMER - A Palmer man pleaded guilty to stealing diesel fuel from state tanks, but will spend no time in prison.

Former Department of Transportation worker Michael Barickman told Superior Court Judge Vanessa White he did not take as much fuel as alleged, but entering a plea is "the smart thing to do."

Instead of prison, Barickman agreed to pay $15,000.

Alaska State Troopers said the fuel was stolen over a seven-year period.

Barickman's brother faces theft and evidence tampering in a similar case. He has sued the Department of Transportation, claiming he's been the victim of a witch hunt.

William Barickman's criminal and civil cases are still in the courts.

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