The trial of a woman accused of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with a scam in the Bakken oil field has been delayed until October.
The defendant, Sarah Creveling, was supposed to finally get her day in federal court on July 18, after having been granted three separate motions to continue her trial on charges that she bilked investors out of more than $1.7 million through a trucking company in Watford City run by her and her former husband James Henrikson. Henrikson is serving two life sentences for orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot.
Creveling was indicted by federal authorities in September 2015 for her role in a scheme in which she and her co-conspirator sought and received cash payments for the purchase of trucks and other equipment from investors, to whom they promised 12.5 percent return on investment of the gross monthly profits generated by the trucks and trailers, according to an indictment filed against her in U.S. District Court of North Dakota.
The conspiracy involved allegations that Creveling diverted the funds meant for investors to another incorporated company, and then claiming to the investors that the trucks were operating at a loss, or were damaged, destroyed or in need of extensive repairs. Creveling and her co-conspirator would then mail the investors a release which would authorize her company to sell or part-out the unprofitable or damaged trucks and trailers with the promise of sending them the monies earned from the sale or scrap of the vehicle, facilitating the seemingly lawful transfer of the equipment from the investors into other companies owned by Creveling.
The complaint alleges the conspiracy was carried out from January 2011 to January 2014.
Creveling’s trial was delayed once due to a conflict with her giving testimony at Henrikson’s murder trial in Washington state in February. The new date is set for Oct. 25 in federal court in Bismarck, N.D.
The operator of an oil trucking firm was convicted of being the mastermind behind a murder-for-hire scheme that left two of his business associates dead following a month-long trial in federal court in Washington state.
Henrikson was found guilty of hiring a man to kill Kristopher “KC” Clarke in February 2012 in North Dakota, and also Douglas Carlile in December 2013 in Spokane, Wash. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 24 in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Washington.
Henrikson and the other men all worked together in various ventures in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch.
He and several of his indicted co-conspirators initially pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire and solicitation to commit murder-for-hire last September. Henrikson however, changed his plea and went to trial because he was not made aware of the mandatory minimum penalty of life imprisonment prior to entering his guilty plea.
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