Sunday, April 12, 2009
BLM auction saboteur gets BIG bill
Published: April 7, 2009 at 7:37 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, April 7 (UPI) --
The U.S. government is demanding $81,000 from a Utah man who is facing felony prosecution for allegedly bogus oil and gas lease auction bids.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which sent Tim DeChristopher a demand letter, says the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City was responsible for the request for payment, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday.
U.S. Attorney for Utah spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch, however, disagreed.
"The 'bill' to DeChristopher is not a part of our criminal case," Rydalch told the newspaper. "It's a BLM administrative action taken independent of our criminal case."
DeChristopher, a 27-year-old University of Utah student, was indicted last week. He is accused of bidding on government land parcel leases with the intent of not paying for the 11 auctions he won.
"You have lost the opportunity to obtain these lease parcels," the letter demand said. "Regardless, the amounts specified above are still required to be remitted."
Tim is schedualed to appear in court on April 28, 2009, to face charges and stands to get up to 10 yrs in prision. Click on title above to go to his website (Bidder70.Org.) to give him your support, and maybe even contribute to his legal defense fund.