Slippery Slope for Petroleum Field Supervisor Caught in Hot Oil

David West, a 30-year employee of Petco Petroleum in Illinois, stole over $400,000 from the oil and gas company between 2013 and 2017. West formed a shell company, Flash Electric Services, through which he submitted invoices totaling $129,038 to Petco for services that were never rendered. He also stole oil from the company that he later sold to a reclaimer for $266,802, and even charged his employer $5,306 for trucks he hired to transport their own stolen oil.

West faces up to 20 years in prison and must pay restitution of $400,000.

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