- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who defrauded an Australian oil company out of more than $567,000 has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/hOqgWo ) 45-year-old Dalton Hallgren was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud. He also was ordered to pay $567,427 in restitution.

Federal prosecutors say Hallgren lied about having a degree in petroleum engineering when he was hired as a manager at Central Petroleum Limited in November 2011. He also did not disclose that four months earlier he incorporated a business called Alpha Oilfield Services in Montana.

Hallgren was charged with causing Alpha to invoice Central for more than $500,000 to pay for oilfield equipment that Central never received. He also was accused of transferring money for personal use.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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