Gurmeet Singh Dhinsa
(born c. 1962) is an American
expatriate of India
who was convicted of racketeering
and multiple murders
in the United States. In an attempt to corner the local market on gas stations
, Dhinsa defrauded customers, evaded taxes
, committed at least two murders, and is believed to have ordered eight others. He is serving a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release in a federal prison.
Dhinsa was born a Sikh
and emigrated to the Bronx
in 1982. He worked as a gas station attendant until he was able to save enough money to lease the station himself. As business improved, Dhinsa's company, Citygas Gasoline Corp "City Gas" opened more stations in New York
, New Jersey
, and Pennsylvania
. At its height, City Gas had 51 locations and 300 employees, with annual revenues of $60 million.
When Dhinsa leased his first gas station in 1984, neighborhood residents were using the lot to park their cars. According to a witness, Dhinsa smashed every windshield with a baseball bat
. The cars were moved, and the gas station became profitable.
As he expanded his business, Dhinsa modified gas pumps, evaded taxes on gasoline bought in bulk, and kept his employees silent with death threats. He was arrested in 1990 on suspicion of kidnapping,... Read More