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ConocoPhillips official, police officer accused of $3M theft

(DAVID ZALUBOWSKI | ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Published: Aug. 29, 2020 at 4:27 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A ConocoPhillips Co. employee and an Alaska police officer have been accused of convincing the oil company to pay more than $3 million for work never performed and materials never received. Alaska Public Media reports that federal prosecutors filed wire fraud charges against Forrest Wright and Nathan Keays. Wright was a senior drilling and wells planner and Keays is an Anchorage Police Department canine officer. ConocoPhillips claims the men embezzled nearly $7.3 million, while the criminal charges allege they stole about $3.1 million. Authorities say the men created the false impression that Keays’s insulation-spraying business could perform services for the oil firm.

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