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ConocoPhillips official, police officer accused of $3M theft

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2016, file photo shows an ice-covered ConocoPhillips sign at the Colville-Delta 5, or as it's more commonly known, CD5, drilling site on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A ConocoPhillips Co. employee and an Anchorage 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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