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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 18

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ill Oftitsbyrfl rteflister*Mail,Jfolesburg, 111, ^ WedMsday, May 30, 1973 endent Gas Dealers Charge Conspiracy gCftiCAGO (UM) - Independ fit gasoline deilefs testifying ft a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday 6 <#me& the na- tjon's major oil Companies of •Miaplring to raise fuel prices IV driving independent retail feelers out of business. 2 Moreover, said Sen. Adlai Stevenson, D-IH., who conduc- fid the one-day hearing of the Consumer subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee, '^We conclude that the (Nixon) Administration was acting in concert with the major oil companies to produce a shortage." Stevenson said the purpose of the hearing, one of a series being c o n q u c t e d this month around the nation, is to "build a record upon which tht Senate can act" if the fuel ghortage grows worse. Charles Hague, president Of the Tri-America Oil Co. of Chi* cago and one of more than a dozen retailers, jobbers and dealers who testified at the hearing, said, "If the conspiracy is not nipped in the bud, gasoline prices will soon be out of sight." Another dealer, C .W. Micks, Army's Ex-Sergeant Major Gets 'Monks 9 Life Sentence owner of 20 gas stations and supplier of 15,000 farmers in the ford County area of east- central Illinois, said, "I've always felt I could live In the shadow of the major Oil companies and mak# money." However. Hicks said, on April 1 the major company which supplied him with two-thirds Of all the fuel he received "cut me off total." "There are antitrust implica> tions in these matters," Steven* son said. "The antitrust laws are intended to preserve competition, but there is evidence that the major Oil companies iff using the fuel shortage they helped create to drive out their competitors." No Stevenson intervened In the Micks matter and persuaded thf major company involved to sup' ply Micks with enough fuel for farmers who were in the critical p1 «Whi season. But Micks said U* fiipny has given no in# cation It intends to do anything more. , Most of those testifying concurred that: -»fhe voluntary program which President Nixon ordered to make sure the major oil eompihies provide' fiic tftdi* pendents with • fur sharrof the iyiUiMe m MiM worV ing. Th#y said a mandatory program is needed. -There is gasoline available on the black markit «1 prohibitive prices, -The major oil companlei m afferlnf M b«y *ut many jhdeiM#j^iler« who had WM ^WmHMi before": their fWliiSlles were cut off. -It Is unclear precisely how acute the fuel ihwtage Is since the lioragi tanks owned by the major compinlei ere mostly full t» capaelty, •'LOS ANGELES (UPI) William 0. . Wooldridge, once (he highest-ranking sergeant In the U.S. Army, today faces lean of a monkish life- poverty and service to charity -as the penalty for the wheeling and dealing of the •iKhaki Cosa Nostra." •* A federal court judge Tues- S ay sentenced Wooldridge and jrea others to sign over to the government almost all of their Worldly goods and assets — thcluding one man's house—<and work free for charitable organi­ sations. " "I want the defendants penniless," said U.S. District Court Judge Warren Ferguson. Si want to make sure you don't Have anything." * Wooldridge, 50, former sergeant major of the Army, pleaded guilty last October to (accepting bribes as part of a Widespread net of kickbacks s .'graft and corruption involving jtjie $4 billion a year operations trf service clubs overseas, particularly In Vietnam. ><• Senate investigators dubbed the operation the "Khaki Cosa Nostra." * Wooldridge, of Junction City, Kan., was given a four-year suspended prison term and |laced on probation for five years on condition he work Without pay for a charitable organisation for three years- and sign over to the government all the present assets and any that may be discovered in William O. Wooldridge . . . faces life of poverty secret bank accounts in the future "as long as you live." The judge left the men their Army pensions, and anything they can earn after completing the mandatory charitable work terms. Former M.Sgt. 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