Man pleads guilty to mail fraud in embezzlement plot

The Dallas Morning News - - North Texas - Kyle Martin

A Dal­las man pleaded guilty Thurs­day to one count of mail fraud in a $1.3 mil­lion oil and gas embezzlement scheme, U.S. At­tor­ney John Parker said in a writ­ten state­ment.

Kristo­pher Brian An­der­son, 32, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and could be or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion. Sen­tenc­ing is set for Jan. 11.

An­der­son was hired in May 2014 by Piv­otal Petroleum Ser­vices as the com­pany’s cor­po­rate con­troller. He was re­spon­si­ble for the ac­count­ing op­er­a­tions of both that com­pany and Piv­otal Petroleum Part­ners II LP.

An­der­son cre­ated Em­pery Re­source Con­sul­tants LLC, through which he claimed fic­ti­tious petroleum “land­men” ser­vices to em­bez­zle money from his em­ploy­ers, the state­ment said.

Be­tween Au­gust 2014 through March 2017, An­der­son sub­mit­ted fraud­u­lent in­voices to re­ceive pay­ment of $1,389,991. The funds sup­ported a “lav­ish life­style,” the state­ment said, with An­der­son col­lect­ing an av­er­age of more than $86,000 per month.

The case was in­ves­ti­gated by the U.S. Postal In­spec­tion Ser­vice.

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