Arnold operated 4 States Grease Company, a collection facility for spent cooking oil, located in Sarcoxie. Arnold admitted he had reason to believe he was buying cooking oil that had been stolen by various drivers. These drivers obtained the stolen cooking oil from businesses in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Arnold would withdraw money from his business account in order to purchase then sell the spent cooking oil to a company in Tulsa.
Arnold is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of the investigation by the United States Probation Office.