$7 million embezzlement scheme uncovered by ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips has gone to court in Alaska filing suit against its former senior drilling and wells planner and a small group of co-conspirators for allegedly embezzling nearly $7.3 million.

Alaska Public Media reports one of the alleged co-conspirators is an Anchorage police officer. The filing is a civil complaint, mostly based on an investigation by Conoco. But another filing in the case refers to a related criminal investigation by the FBI.

Lawyers for Conoco filed a lawsuit in federal court against Forrest Wright, his wife Amanda Wright and Amanda’s father, David Benefield, as well as Anchorage Police Officer Nathan Keays and his wife Kelly Keays. It also names what Conoco described as two sham companies and a Nevada corporation in which the Wrights allegedly invested the money.

Forrest Wright and Nathan Keays appear to have known each other since high school in Fairbanks, where both attended West Valley High School, according to their Facebook pages. Wright resigned last week from ConocoPhillips.

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