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Former Watford City trucking company exec, tied to convicted murderer, has trial delayed for fourth time

WILLISTON -- The trial for a woman accused of mail fraud and money laundering in a Bakken-area investment scam has been delayed for a fourth time. Sarah Creveling was scheduled for trial on July 18 in Bismarck for allegedly fleecing investors out...

WILLISTON -- The trial for a woman accused of mail fraud and money laundering in a Bakken-area investment scam has been delayed for a fourth time.

Sarah Creveling was scheduled for trial on July 18 in Bismarck for allegedly fleecing investors out of more than $1.7 million through a Watford City-based trucking company she ran along with her former husband, James Henrikson, who is serving double life sentences for hiring a hit man to kill business associates.

Creveling was indicted for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of money laundering last fall. Her trial, originally scheduled for November, was moved to February at the request of her attorney, who needed more time to prepare. The February date was pushed to May because Creveling was testifying at Henrikson’s murder trial in Washington state. Creveling was granted a third delay in order to discuss a plea agreement with her attorney, and on Wednesday, Judge Daniel Hovland ordered the trial moved to Oct. 25, in order to give defense attorney Tyler Morrow, who took the case on recently, more preparation time.

Prosecutors say Creveling, 30, and Henrikson, told investors that money they paid into Blackstone Oilfield Services would be used to buy trucks and trailers, and result in a 12.5 percent return.

The pair carried out the alleged scheme from 2011 to 2014, court records say.

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A federal investigation found that the couple mailed information and contracts to potential investors, and received signed contracts through the mail as well.

Creveling and Henrikson then allegedly laundered the money through other businesses that they owned, and told investors that the equipment they’d paid into was operating at a loss, or was “damaged, destroyed, or required extensive and expensive repairs,” the indictment reads.

The couple followed up by asking investors to transfer ownership of the trucks to them, with the promise that they would sell or use the vehicles for parts, and reimburse buyers with money generated from those transactions.

Henrikson was convicted of murder-for-hire and a number of related charges in February in a federal trial in Washington. He was sentenced to double life sentences in May, for the murder of a former business partner in Washington, and KC Clarke, 29, a former employee of Henrikson’s who went missing in February 2012. Clarke’s body was never found, but his unlocked pickup truck, with his belongings inside, was discovered in Williston three months after he disappeared.

Authorities say Henrikson arranged for a hit man to kill both men because of deteriorating business dealings with them.

In September, a federal judge signed an order for Creveling’s release, on the condition that she attend court hearings.

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