North Dakota woman indicted on federal fraud charges
BISMARCK (AP) — An accounting firm owner in western North Dakota faces trial early next year on federal fraud charges in connection to an oilfield venture that had dealings with a man convicted in a murder-for-hire plot.
Rene L. Johnson was indicted by a grand jury on counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and material false statements to a federal agent in September. Her trial is scheduled to begin March 27 in Bismarck.
Court documents allege Johnson offered doubled returns for investors on a high-risk $400,000 loan for Kingdom Dynamics Enterprise Inc., the Bismarck Tribune reported . Her indictment says investors declined but contributed funds to Johnson’s investment business, and Johnson then funneled $400,000 from three investors to a Kingdom Dynamics bank account in 2013.
Kingdom Dynamics had dealings with James Henrikson, who was convicted last year in several murder-for-hire plots. One plot resulted in the death of Doug Carlile, who created Kingdom Dynamics in 2012. The other resulted in the death of a former employee at Henrikson’s trucking company, Blackstone. Henrikson is serving a life sentence.
The indictment says that Johnson’s business was Kingdom Dynamics’ registered agent at the time. Court documents identify Johnson as an accountant for several of Henrikson’s businesses, including Blackstone.
The newspaper reports Johnson didn’t return messages seeking comment Monday.
She is currently running her own firm in Watford City, and could risk losing her CPA license if convicted.