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CPA indicted for fraud connected to business in Bakken murder-for-hire

WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The owner of a Watford City accounting firm has been indicted on federal charges connected to the oilfield venture of a Spokane businessman and the man who ordered his murder.

A grand jury indicted Rene L. Johnson on counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and material false statements to a federal agent. Her three-day trial is set to begin March 27 in Bismarck after continuance for additional discovery by the defense.

Court documents allege she offered doubled returns for investors on a short-term, high-risk loan of $400,000 for Kingdom Dynamics Enterprise Inc., an oilfield development outfit. The loan was reportedly for the purchase of Bakken mineral rights.

According to Johnson's indictment, the investors declined to finance the loan but subsequently contributed funds to Johnson's investment business, RLJ Factoring LLC, at her request, including $100,000 by mail from one investor.

From there, Johnson allegedly funneled $400,000 from three investors to a Kingdom Dynamics bank account in April 2013.

She was unavailable for comments Monday. A woman who answered the phone at her office said Johnson is out until next week. Johnson did not return email or phone messages.

Doug Carlile and James Henrikson were oilfield associates and had dealings through Kingdom Dynamics, which Carlile created in 2012.

Henrikson was convicted last year at the center of multiple murder-for-hire plots, including the murders of Carlile and KC Clarke, an employee of Henrikson's Blackstone trucking company.

Johnson's indictment states her firm at the time was Kingdom Dynamics' registered agent. Court documents also name her as an independent accountant in other businesses of Henrikson's, including Blackstone.

Johnson now runs her own practice in Watford City after about a decade as a partner at her previous firm there.

The North Dakota State Board of Accountancy lists Johnsons' CPA license in good standing. If convicted, she could lose her license under the board's regulations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme, who is prosecuting Johnson, said there are no other defendants in connection to the case or Kingdom Dynamics.