A man has been sentenced to two years after oilfield fraud.
At the end of July 29 last year, Lloydminster RCMP issued a release stating that Marcel Laberge had been charged in relation to an oilfield fraud worth $276,000.
Two weeks ago, Laberge was convicted and sentenced to two years custody and ordered to repay restitution near $200,000.
The investigation began when a large oilfield company reported they had been defrauded. There were numerous transactions over a 3-year period, between 2011 and 2014. On Saturday, July 25, 2015, a search warrant was executed on a residence in Lloydminster, Alberta, which led to the recovery of property obtained by fraudulent means, including a diamond ring and a 15’ trailer. Also recovered, earlier in the investigation, was a Kubota tractor with a front end loader and a power rake.
Lloydminster residents, Marcel and Lori Laberge were then charged with fraud over $5000.00, and 6 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. Additionally, Marcel Laberge, a land man, was facing 16 charges of forgery.