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Accountant Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison and Ordered to Pay $2.5 Million in Restitution For Filing False Tax Return

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA, OKLA.— Nelson Wade Cagle, 32, of Owasso, was sentenced today to serve 36 months in federal prison for filing a false income tax return in 2013, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma. In addition to the prison incarceration, United States District Court Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell ordered Cagle to pay restitution in the approximate amount of $2 million to CEI Petroleum, LLC, owned by ORCA/CEI Petroleum, and approximately $600,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Cagle was charged by Information in April 2016, and pleaded guilty in June 2016.

According to court documents, Cagle admitted that he failed to report the monies and funds that he fraudulently diverted from ORCA/CEI Petroleum, a local petroleum/energy corporation, as income on his 2013 federal tax return. His embezzlement and failure to report it on his income tax return also resulted in his owing the Internal Revenue Service more than $597,000.

The case was a joint investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Trent Shores prosecuted the case.


Updated September 12, 2016

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