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Prosecutors continue to recover money in oil patch fraud

FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man and his former wife accused of fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch to forfeit about $250,000 from bank accounts.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the money in accounts listed under James Henrikson, Sarah Creveling and their former trucking company “shall be disposed of” by the government. Henrikson, who pleaded guilty last month to ordering a hit man to kill two of his former business associates, and Creveling are accused of swindling investors out of millions, including possible profits and dividends.

Prosecutors say money that can be recovered would likely go to family members of victims who were killed or legitimate investors who were defrauded.

“It’s really complicated,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme said about sorting out forfeiture in the case. “But I can say that the true victims will have access to the money in the end.”

Court documents show the distribution of proceeds from the sale of a house the defendants owned in Watford City has not been finalized.

Henrikson admitted in federal court in Washington state last month that he ordered the deaths of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke, one of Henrikson’s former trucking company employees, and Doug Carlile, one of Henrikson’s business partners. Clarke’s body has not been found. Carlile was shot to death in December 2013 in his Spokane, Washington, home.

Prosecutors will seek a 40-year prison term when Henrikson is sentenced in December. U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby said Henrikson could receive a lesser sentence if he assisted in locating Clarke’s body, thought to be buried on state park land near Watford City.

Creveling was charged last month with mail fraud and money laundering. Her company is accused of promising investors a large return for buying trucks and trailers and then later claiming that the trucks were destroyed or damaged. The indictment accuses Creveling of bilking investors out of at least $1.7 million.

Creveling’s attorney, Ryan Sandberg, could not be reached for comment after business hours on Wednesday.

In related news, Spokane businessman accused of fraud related to oil drilling company.

This article was written by Dave Kolpack from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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