Poplar man sentenced in BN theftsA former Burlington Northern Railroad employee who bought more than $50,000 worth of personal home construction and car items on the railroad’s charge accounts will spend 120 days in jail.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A former Burlington Northern Railroad employee who bought more than $50,000 worth of personal home construction and car items on the railroad’s charge accounts will spend 120 days in jail.
Gary Lynn Amys, 54, of Poplar pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court in February to two counts felony identity theft. Eleven additional identity theft counts, one count of theft and two counts of credit fraud were dismissed but read in for sentencing.
Amys has already paid $53,783.18 restitution to Burlington Northern, according to court records. On Monday, he was sentenced to two years of probation and 120 days in jail. Amys was ordered to continue counseling, submit a DNA sample, write an apology letter, pay $500 in fines and complete 100 hours of community service within the first six months of his probation. He was granted Huber release for community service and counseling.
Amys purchased items for personal use with railroad customer charge accounts and credit cards from 2007 through July 2011. During that time, Judge Kelly Thimm said, he was leading a double life. Many of the items purchased were home improvement goods such as sinks, a garage heater, lumber, a boiler, light fixtures and a number of toilets. A number of them were located when authorities searched the Poplar homes of Amys, his son and his daughter. Some items also were found in Amys’ Solon Springs cabin. Other things purchased through railroad accounts were for personal vehicles. They included a truck radio, marine battery, sparkplugs and small engine parts.