Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media
Project Safe Bakken prosecuted a man, 41-year old Jonathon Lee Oliver of Missoula, MT, with construction fraud this week. He has been convicted of money laundering and construction fraud. He ran a steel building construction business that rarely produced results. Oliver instead used the funds allocated by the companies to buy personal items. Records show that he had purchased a house, several vehicles, two jet skis, a luxury motor home and a diamond engagement ring.
He had been conducting business under the alias Jon Walker. He would usually enter into building contracts with customers and ask for down payments, giving them updates on ‘stages’ being completed (even though they were not). Then he would ask for more funds. He often did not have the correct business materials necessary in order to complete the project because he had already spent the money for expensive items.
“At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy entered a money judgment against Oliver in the amount of $6,468,186.33. The money judgment represents the forfeiture of substitute assets and corresponds to Oliver’s ill-gotten gains. The judge also sentenced Oliver to three years supervised release following his prison sentence.”
Project safe Bakken is an operation that was put into place that combines the efforts of many public safety organizations across states in the Bakken area. It joins the forces of the United States Attorneys for Montana and North Dakota, the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security and all local law enforcement.