Clyde Meltzer and Bernard Langley are scheduled to go to trial this November for their roles in an alleged oil shipments kickback scheme. A filing from the federal government hints that a plea deal may be in the works for the two men, however.
Legal filings and an e-mail seeking money to pay for one of the men’s defense indicate two traders currently in prison for their roles in a multimillion dollar oil-shipping kickback scheme are preparing for trial.
A pair of men accused of bilking LyondellBasell out of $80 million are scheduled for trial on Aug. 8, but filings raise the possibility of a plea deal. Some of the assets seized in the case, including a Caddy once owned by Frank Sinatra, go on the block next month.
This 1957 Cadillac, once owned by Frank Sinatra, is one of the many items the government says Jonathan Barnes and others purchased with money from a scheme that allegedly overcharged LyondellBasell for oil shipments from Venezuela. (Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions)
A former LyondellBasell employee accused of taking part in a kickback scheme that may have cost the company more than $80 million pleaded not guilty to related charges in federal court on Friday.
Jon Barnes, a former marine chartering manager at Lyond…
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