Watford City accountant gets community service for fraud

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Watford City accountant has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service but no prison time for wire fraud in a case linked to a man found guilty of ordering two deaths in an oil patch murder-for-hire plot.

Rene Johnson was accused of diverting investors’ funds in her business, RLJ Factoring, without their knowledge for a high-risk loan to an associate of James Henrikson. Investors eventually got their money back, plus interest.

Johnson was convicted of wire fraud in November in federal court but found not guilty of three other charges related to mail fraud and making false statements.

Johnson was sentenced Thursday. She also was ordered to spend two years on supervised release.

Johnson’s attorney says she will appeal.

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