A North Dakota man, who is originally from Belle Plaine, was arrested for allegedly stealing over $5 million from an oil field cleanup company, Bismarck CBS News affiliate KXnet reported.
Shawn Kluver, who faces three class A felony charges related to a variety of schemes and theft activities reportedly beginning in 2015, made his first appearance in court on Wednesday, May 6.
Kluver is accused of deceiving the 82-year old owner of Environmental Driven Solutions, a North Dakota company specializing in cleanup services for the energy industry, along with cashing checks that were not rightful, multiple news sources report.
KXnet reported that Kluver was the manager of the company in January of 2015, but later that year signed paperwork to give up ownership rights and became an employee.
Kluver then started a salt water conservation business, Little Knife LLC, that he claimed would generate revenue for Environmental Driven Solutions. The 82-year-old man reportedly put up $300,000 for Little Knife LLC. Kluver afterward allegedly changed the paperwork to make himself the sole owner of the business. Kluver is also accused of using Environmental Driven Solutions' resources and employees to operate Little Knife LLC.
Kluver allegedly took $5,379,921.63 from the company. He has been charged with two counts of felony theft by deception and one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.