Former drilling firm controller set for theft plea


Former drilling firm controller set for theft plea

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former controller of a natural gas drilling company is scheduled to waive indictment and plead guilty to charges she helped steal more than $5.4 million from the western Pennsylvania business.

Cheryl Diane Brooks was charged in December with one count of conspiracy and three counts each of mail fraud and filing false tax returns in connection with the alleged scheme at Falcon Drilling LLC of Indiana, Pa. Her attorney said then he anticipated Brooks would plead guilty, but he didn’t immediately return a call for comment about today’s plea scheduled before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Federal investigators say Brooks began forging checks in February 2004 at the behest of 52-year-old Larry Winckler, the company’s former chief operating officer.

Winckler’s attorney has confirmed the ongoing investigation but has otherwise declined to comment.

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