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Chicago Gas Station Owner Sentenced in Sales Tax Fraud Case

A suburban Chicago gas station owner was sentenced to a two-year prison term for underreporting Illinois sales taxes by nearly $1 million. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Department of Revenue announced that it was one of the largest gasoline sales tax fraud cases since the state started cracking down on gas station owners

CITGO Launches Fueling Campaign

At the heart of CITGO is a philosophy known as Fueling Good, a corporation-wide commitment to supporting good things in the communities where CITGO operates. Fueling Good elements are the cornerstones of the company’s 2013 brand advertising campaign, which includes the following trifecta of goodness: the Fueling Good Road Trip, a Fueling Education promotion and

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CITGO Launches Fall 2012 Fueling Good Program

Registration open for charities, local heroes to win CITGO gift cards. Fueling more than one-million miles of good by assisting more than 200 charities, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is once again launching its Fueling Good program. Now in its fourth year, the Fueling Good program continues to recognize and reward local heroes making a difference in

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CITGO Freedom Oil Celebrates Its 10th Year In Business

Freedom Oil celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering a month-long rewards program to its loyal customer base. Freedom Oil, a Warsaw, Ind.-based CITGO Marketer, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering loyal customers with its Freedom Rewards Program. Customers can earn cents-off-per-gallon rewards based on store purchases marked at Freedom Express locations through Aug. 31.

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CITGO Improves Safety Rates In 2011

CITGO earns awards and recognition for its increased safety rates in 2011. CITGO Petroleum Corp. saw significant improvements in its refining safety performance in 2011 with both its total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate falling to about half of what they were the previous year. CITGO excelled in

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CITGO Helps U.S. Families Conserve Energy

Close to 50,000 families in U.S. cities will save energy this summer through CITGO’s lighting program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. launched the third-edition of its CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program, which will provide 500,000 energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) to households in 17 U.S. cities. The program launched in 2008 as a pilot program, and has

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Bazzi Oil Fuels Academic Futures

Bazzi Oil and CITGO support five students in their journey to continuing education. CITGO-marketer Bazzi Oil invited 800 community members to an awards ceremony this June to honor five high school students who will each receive $500 scholarships for continuing education. Destiny Harris, Briana Pannell, Mae Mova, Channel Wilkerson and Roselyn Wtson, all seniors at

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CITGO Rewards Visa Cardholders In Summer

CITGO and Visa work together to reward customers with a $15 gift card for choosing their companies. CITGO Petroleum is launching CITGO Good Rewards, a summer promotion that allows customers to earn CITGO gift cards after eight purchases of $20 or more on a Visa card enrolled in the program. From June 1 to Sept.

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New Loyalty Platform At CITGO

CITGO integrates new loyalty system with the help of Pinnacle. CITGO announced that Loyalink, its loyalty platform, has been approved as a new offering with its Loyalty Bucks program. Loyalink allows retailers to create customized programs for their organizations and customer bases. CITGO partnered with a small group of loyalty solution and service providers in

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Gas Stations Settle In Clean Air Act Lawsuit

Washington, D.C.-area gas stations face violation fines with the EPA. Six D.C.-area gas stations have settled in a case alleging that they violated Clean Air Act regulations. Samad Corporation with CITGO, two Anacostia Realty with Exxon, Shirlington Petroleum Realty with Exxon and Springfield Petroleum Realty with Shell were all involved with the case. The Clean

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CITGO Backs Social Development in Hillcrest Community

CITGO invests $1.5 million to support local non-profit organizations that will improve job development, education, health and environment. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery plan to invest $1.5 million in the Hillcrest, Texas Community to give aid to non-profit organizations that support the neighborhood.  CITGO executives greeted the community on May 17

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CITGO Helps “Clean The D”

More than 300 volunteers join together to improve a 27-mile portion of the Eight Mile Road. Volunteers from CITGO Petroleum Corp., local CITGO marketers and retailers, Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) and the Miss Michigan Organization came together on May 5 for the 16th annual “Clean the D” event to improve a 27-mile segment of

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Service to the Fleet

With fuel costs again on the rise, a fleet card network can attract new business while offering fleet managers the safety, security and reporting tools they need to be successful. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Fleet cards are a nice piece of business for c-store operators. But the key to keeping that business growing is

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BP Wins Fraud Lawsuit Brought By Two Franchisees

Judge reprimands the oil giant for concealing profit margins from buyers. A Cook County judge has ruled in favor of BP Products North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought by two of its Chicago-area franchisees that accused the oil giant of fraud, the Chicago Tribune reported. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor ruled Wednesday that

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CITGO Wins API Award

CITGO Pipeline Co. was recently honored with the 2011 Safety Performance Award and the 2011 Environmental Performance Award in the small operator category presented by the American Petroleum Institute (API). These awards are among the industry’s top honors and are reserved for companies that demonstrate excellence in safety and environmental stewardship. The Occupational Safety Award

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CITGO, Heartland Payment Systems Extend Contract

“Heartland provides our retail locations with dependable and secure card processing solutions as well as exceptional customer service,” says CITGO spokesperson. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has signed a three-year contract extension with Heartland Payment Systems, which will continue authorizing debit and credit card transactions at approximately 6,000 CITGO-branded locations nationwide. Heartland is a payments processor in

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Baltimore Gas Station For Sale

The gas station is equipped with a security surveillance camera, two pumps, and a canopy that extends over both pumping stations. National Commercial Auctioneers announces the foreclosure auction of a former CITGO gas station in Baltimore, Md., on April 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. local time. “This is an excellent business opportunity or investment,” said

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CITGO Rewards Fueling Good Winners

Twelve charities receive CITGO gift cards. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is rewarding 12 charities with $5,000 in Gift Cards to help them extend their Ripples of Good and the impact of their work in their local communities. Almost 1,700 charities entered the Winter Fueling Good program and nearly 151,000 votes were cast to help determine these

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CITGO and Citi Renew Private Label Card Program

Since 1995, CITGO has offered payment products from Citi Retail Services, allowing CITGO locations to quickly and efficiently process purchases, and offering customers added convenience and flexibility. Citi Retail Services and CITGO Petroleum Corp. have announced a multi-year renewal of their long-standing U.S. private label credit card relationship. This extension is the latest in a

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Big Apple Plants the Seeds for New Growth

After rebranding a number of its locations under the CITGO brand, Big Apple Food Stores looks to expand its retail portfolio in 2012. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Food Stores has had a busy 12 months. The 82-store chain with locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, completed an aggressive push

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HOVENSA Closes Refinery

CITGO outlines plans to replace supply. HOVENSA has announced the permanent closure of its refinery located in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, a joint venture between Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and Hess Corp.  CITGO has a supply off-take agreement with HOVENSA and has developed plans to replace this supply.  These well-defined plans are designed

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CITGO Fall Fueling Good Program Recognizes 12 Charities

Winners in the Fall 2011 Fueling Good program span the CITGO footprint, from Wisconsin to Florida and Pennsylvania to Texas. Doing good in local communities is a core value woven throughout CITGO Petroleum Corp. and one that is uniquely demonstrated through its Fueling Good Program. Now in its third year, Fueling Good recognizes and rewards

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CITGO Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

“CITGO believes in operating its business as a good steward of the environment and serving as a guardian of natural resources,” says CITGO spokesperson. The CITGO Petroleum Corp. headquarters building on Eldridge Parkway, in the Energy Corridor area of West Houston, has received LEED Gold Certification for an Existing Building from the U.S. Green Building

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CITGO’s Popp’s for Paws Fundraiser Supports Humane Society

CITGO station launches first annual fundraiser as part of customer appreciation month.  Popp’s Riverwalk CITGO, with support from CITGO Petroleum Corp. has kicked off its first annual Popp’s for Paws fundraiser and pet food drive to support the Lakeshore Humane Society (LHS). Now through Nov. 20, customers are invited to drop off canned pet food

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Big Apple Gas Giveaway Celebrates Revamped Stations

Gift card giveaway encourages customers to visit redesigned stations. Maine-based CITGO fuel distributor C.N. Brown Co. is giving away more than $1,000 a day in CITGO Gift Cards valid for fuel and convenience store purchases at 43 Big Apple and other participating locations across Maine and New Hampshire. The contest celebrates C.N. Brown’s 20-year partnership with CITGO

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