Calgary man charged with fraud scheme that billed oil companies

CALGARY — Police have charged a Calgary man with trying to bilk oil and natural gas companies out of millions of dollars in bogus environmental fees.

CALGARY — Police have charged a Calgary man with trying to bilk oil and natural gas companies out of millions of dollars in bogus environmental fees.

Investigators allege a company known as Alberta Environmental Registry sent out false invoices last month requesting payment of environmental compliance fees.

Calgary police say the invoices ranged from $400,000 to $3.3 million and were based on the number of wells owned and operated by each company.

When all the bills were added up the total was $8 million, but police do not believe any of the companies made payment.

John Edward Wilson, who is 41, is charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and police say further charges are possible.