Gas marketer, owners agree to pay over $4 million to settle gas royalty case

On May 1, the Department of Justice announced that a gas marketing company and its two owners had agreed to pay $4.375 million to settle allegations that the company underpaid mineral royalty payments. According to DOJ’s press release: Gas marketer B. Charles Rogers Gas Ltd. (BCR), which operated in the San Juan Basin area of New Mexico and southern Colorado, and its owners Billy Charles Rogers Jr. and Wynon Rogers, of Fort Worth, Texas, have agreed to pay $3.575 million to resolve False Claims Act (FCA) allegations that they caused reduced mineral royalty payments to the United States, the Department of Justice announced today. In addition, Thomas R. Lutner III, of Katy, Texas, who worked with BCR while employed as a gas supply manager at a natural gas distributor based in Houston, Texas, has agreed to pay $800,000 to resolve FCA allegations relating to his role in BCR’s alleged royalty fraud. *   *   * The United States alleged that, while…

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