- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An environmental activist has been indicted of charges of making false bids to run up prices on oil-and-gas parcels at a federal auction.

The office of Utah’s U.S. attorney says Tim DeChristopher was indicted Wednesday on two felony counts of violating federal auction rules at the Dec. 19 lease sale.

DeChristopher, a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student, will be issued a summons to appear in federal court in Salt Lake City. No arraignment date has been set.

DeChristopher, who isn’t affiliated with any major environmental group, has said he infiltrated the auction as an act of civil disobedience to protest drilling on public lands near Utah’s national parks.

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