Drumright man charged with mail fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transaction

 

Date: December 9, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

David Owen West, of Drumright, is charged with 27 counts of mail fraud and five counts of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. From 2013 to 2017, West allegedly devised a scheme to defraud his employer for the sake of monetary gain.

According to the indictment, West oversaw the oil and gas sites for his company and was in charge of choosing vendors to assist in the maintenance and transport of production. West allegedly began stealing oil and selling it to another company. Further, West allegedly created an LLC so that the purchasers would pay him and his LLC for the stolen production. West not only defrauded his employer in this way, but also allegedly had his employer pay for the transportation and maintenance that were required for the sale of the stolen production. West had his employer mail company checks through the U.S. Postal Service; therefore, committing mass mail fraud and engagement in unlawful monetary transactions.

IRS–Criminal Investigation and the FBI investigated the case.