2013-12-19 / Local & State

Former Pa. Drilling Exec Charged In $9.2M Scam

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A former Pennsylvania gas drilling company executive has been charged with stealing $9.2 million from his company.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged 53-yearold Larry D. Winckler, of Indiana, Pa., with conspiracy, mail fraud and filing false income tax returns.

Martin Dietz, Winckler’s lawyer, says his client has agreed to plead guilty to the charges, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported.

Winckler was chief operating officer of Falcon Drilling LLC. Prosecutors say that between 2004 and 2012, he allegedly forged checks and then forged invoices and other documents to cover up the thefts, and used the money for personal expenses and gambling.

Two other former employees of the company have already pleaded guilty to similar charges.

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