Man who cut company checks for personal bills, engagement ring gets year in prison

October 3, 2018

A Greene County employee who used an Aleppo-based energy company’s business funds for personal use -- including credit card bills, college tuition for his daughter and an engagement ring for his son -- was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh said Tuesday.

Kevin C. Conklin, 56, of Waynesburg also must pay $672,000 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Conklin used to oversee the day-to-day operations and manage the finances of Mountain Energy Co., which operates oil and natural gas wells in Western Pennsylvania.

From 2008 through 2012, Conklin defrauded the company out of tens of thousands of dollars, according to prosecutors.

Conklin used checks drawn on Mountain Energy’s bank account to spend company money on himself and his family -- including his home, credit card bills, car payments, college tuition and jewelry, prosecutors said. Conklin then lied about the purpose of the expenditures in company records.

Conklin concealed the scheme from his employer as well as the Internal Revenue Service, prosecutors said.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary McKeen Houghton and Paul E. Hull prosecuted the case with help from the IRS and FBI.

U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone’s sentence includes three years of supervised release once Conklin is out of prison.

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