31-year-old Brett Lattin of Sheridan was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson for his role in a scheme to defraud Marathon Oil Company. Lattin received 41 months of imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $2,450,000 in restitution to Marathon Oil.
From November of 2006 through October of 2007, Lattin was employed as a contract supervisor for Marathon Oil, where he devised a scheme to defraud his employer by steering contracts to Mark Allan McGregor in exchange for a kickback; including contracts for the repair of leaking earthen reservoirs used to contain water from coal bed methane gas production in Sheridan County. Lattin used his position to approve payments to McGregor totaling $5 million, in exchange for McGregor's kicking back to Lattin approximately $600,000 of that amount.
Of the $5 million, Lattin appproved payments to McGregor in the amount of $2,450,000 for work not performed as required to repair the reservoirs leaking coal bed methane water on to private lands throughout Sheridan County. Sentencing for Mark Allen McGregor is scheduled for July 20, before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.