Feds: Con artist 'Marc the Oil Man' is heading to jail

A Fairfield County man is heading to federal prison for conning heating oil customers and companies.

Marc Cannon, 40, of Bridgeport was sentenced this week in federal court to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Cannon also was a fugitive for almost three years after being charged in the case in early 2011.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut said Cannon operated a scheme to defraud both oil companies and individuals whose oil deliveries he fraudulently brokered.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from about February 2010 to April 2011, Cannon, sometimes known as “Marc the Oil Man,” engaged in a scheme to defraud heating oil companies and to obtain money from individuals who received oil deliveries.

He would pose as a retail customer when dealing with oil companies, and as a bargain oil seller when dealing with property owners.

Offers for cash deliveries

As part of the scheme, Cannon would make an offer to a property owner to sell oil at below market cost in exchange for a cash payment.

Then he would contact a retail oil company, set up a fraudulent account using stolen personal identifying information, and place an order for the oil company to deliver home heating oil to a property owned by the property owner, prosecutors said.

The oil would be delivered to the property as ordered. Cannon then allegedly would collect cash for the delivery from the property owner, but he did not remit this payment to the oil company.

When the oil company contacted the property owner to collect payment for the oil, the company would discover that the property owner had already made payment to Cannon, according to prosecutors.

Was fugitive for almost three years

Cannon was charged in a criminal complaint on April 13, 2011, and he was a fugitive until his arrest on Jan. 30, 2014.  On June 17 of this year, he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, and North Branford and North Haven police departments. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna R. Patel.