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A former employee ripped off Exxon Mobil for about $1 million, sending the company phony invoices for furnace parts and repairs at the company’s Baytown Olefins Plant.

Garry W. Arnold pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Exxon Mobil, according to United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Arnold worked for Exxon Mobil Chemical Company from 2004 through 2010.

He had Exxon send checks for the phony invoices to a company owned by another person, who then paid the money to Arnold’s business called Metal Blinds.

Exxon paid 78 phony purchase orders worth $1 million.

Sentencing is set for December 13 before U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein.

Arnold faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 fine or more.