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A Colorado woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Whiting Oil and Petroleum and using the funds to purchase oil field service equipment and land.

According to the Denver Post, Leila Bennett stole hundreds of thousands of dollars between October 2014 and February 2015 while she was working as a third-party contractor for Whiting Oil and Petroleum at the company’s Redtail pipeline site.

The exact amount that Bennett stole has not been disclosed.

Bennett, 39, created fake invoices for a company she owned and then submitted the invoices to Whiting for payment.

She then used some of the stolen funds to purchase land in Nebraska as well as oil field service equipment.

Whiting employees were finally tipped off to the scam after they realized Bennett’s fake invoices were similar to ones submitted by a legitimate vendor.

Bennett also allegedly enlisted an unnamed person to pose as an officer of her corporation, A&H Services, LLC, the Denver Post said.

She pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and will have to pay restitution to Whiting Oil in addition to her prison sentence.

The restitution amount has not been set yet, the Denver Post said.


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