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Classic Energy and Associated Cases

PENDING CRIMINAL DIVISION CASES

Classic Energy

United States v. Matthew Clark (22-CR-55)
United States v. Marcus Schultz (20-CR-270)
United States v. John Ed James (20-CR-695)
United States v. Mathew Webb (21-CR-233)
United States v. Lee Tippett (21-CR-364)
United States v. Peter Miller (21-CR-570)

Court Assigned: The cases for defendants Schultz, James, Webb, Tippett, and Clark are assigned to U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks and the case for defendant Miller is assigned to U.S. District Judge Charles Eskridge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse, 515 Rusk Avenue, Houston, TX 77002.


Next Proceedings: 

The trial for defendant Matthew Clark previously set for December 4, 2023 has been continued to March 11, 2024 at 1:30 PM.

The sentencing hearing for defendant Marcus Schultz previously set for February 26, 2024 has been continued to July 1, 2024 at 11:00 AM.

The sentencing hearing for defendant Mathew Webb previously set for February 12, 2024 has been continued to July 1, 2024 at 11:30 AM.

Defendant John Ed James will have an initial appearance on February 5, 2024 at 2:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Peter Bray related to a pretrial violation. The sentencing hearing for defendant John Ed James  previously set for September 11, 2023 has been reset for February 12, 2024 at 10:00 AM.

The sentencing hearing for defendant Lee Tippett  previously set for September 25, 2023 has been reset for February 20, 2024 at 1:30 PM.

These hearings will take place in Courtroom 600 before Judge George C. Hanks Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse, 515 Rusk Avenue, Houston, TX 77002.

The sentencing hearing for defendant Peter Miller previously set for September 28, 2023 has been reset for February 8, 2024 at 1:30 PM in Courtroom 9F before Judge Charles Eskridge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse, 515 Rusk Avenue, Houston, TX 77002.

On February 3, 2022, defendant Matthew Clark was charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, three counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to violate various provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act, two counts of prohibited commodities transactions and two counts of insider trading.  

Overview: The alleged conspiracy involved commodities traders and brokers who traded natural gas futures contracts using misappropriated material, non-public information.  They are also alleged to have engaged in fraudulent, noncompetitive trades and prohibited fictitious sales, including prearranged trades in natural gas futures contracts for their own personal gain.  By entering into the fictitious sales, the individuals are alleged to have caused prices to be reported, recorded, and registered that were not true, bona fide prices. 


For more information about United States v. Marcus Schultz, please see below:

Press Release
Criminal Information

For more information about United States v. John Ed James, please see below:

Press Release
Criminal Information
Plea agreement

For more information about United States v. Matthew Webb, please see below:

Press Release
Criminal Information
Plea agreement

For more information about United States v. Lee Tippett, please see below:

Press Release
Criminal Information
Plea agreement

For more information about United States v. Peter Miller, please see below:

Press Release
Indictment
Plea agreement

For more information about United States v. Matthew Clark, please see below:

Press Release
Indictment


Victim Impact Statement:  If you would like to submit a Victim Impact Statement, you may do so by mailing the Victim Impact Statement below (or a letter to the court) to: Victim Witness Unit, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, 10th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Bond Building, Room 453, Washington, DC 20530-0001. You also may submit the Victim Impact Statement via email at Victimassistance.fraud@usdoj.gov or by fax at: (202) 514-3708.  Please note that during the Department’s period of telework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, responses to faxes may be significantly delayed.

Victim Impact Statement (PDF)

The information on this website will be updated as new developments arise in the case. If you have any questions, please call the Victim Assistance Line toll-free at (888) 549-3945 or email us at VictimAssistance.fraud@usdoj.gov.


Crime Victims’ Rights Act and Right to Retain Counsel: The Crime Victims’ Rights Act (18 U.S.C. § 3771) applies only to victims of the counts charged in federal court, and thus individuals may not be able to exercise all of these rights if the crime of which the individual is a victim was not charged. Section 377I(c)(2) of this Act requires that we advise you that you have the right to retain counsel. Although the statute specifically sets forth your right to seek advice of an attorney with regard to your rights under the statute, there is no requirement that you retain counsel. The Government may not recommend any specific counsel, nor can the government (or the court) pay for counsel to represent you. Government attorneys represent the United States.

If you elect to obtain counsel to represent your interests, please have your attorney notify this office in writing at: U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, 10th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Bond Building, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20530, Attention: Victim Witness Unit; fax: (202) 514-3708; or email: VictimAssistance.fraud@usdoj.gov. If you elect not to retain counsel to represent your interests, you do not need to do anything.

Updated January 30, 2024