Prosecutors seek money, mineral interests in alleged business fraud
BISMARCK — Prosecutors are trying to recover money and mineral interests in North Dakota’s Oil Patch from a man who faces federal weapons charges here and has been questioned in a suspected murder-for-hire plot in Washington state.
Investigators have questioned James Terry Henrikson of Watford City about the death of his estranged business partner, Doug Carlile, who was shot to death by an armed intruder Dec. 15 in his Spokane, Wash., home, but haven’t charged him in the case.
Henrikson told a detective that he was angry with Carlile because he owed him $1.88 million for his investment in an oil venture, but he denied threatening or killing Carlile, court documents show.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Chase filed a forfeiture complaint Monday in federal court in Fargo, seeking a $640,000 investment and loan that Henrikson and his wife, Sarah Creveling, provided to Carlile’s oilfield development company, Kingdom Dynamics Enterprises, as well as mineral interests in oil and gas leases on 640 acres in Dunn County.
One of the 320-acre mineral leases is owned by Kingdom Dynamics, while the other 320-acre lease is owned by Enerplus Resources Corp., a Chicago-based company that sold the oil rights to Kingdom Dynamics, court documents show.
The government claims the properties are the proceeds of mail and wire fraud and were involved in money laundering.
An affidavit filed with the complaint alleges Henrikson and Creveling schemed to defraud investors in North Dakota, Texas, Florida, Washington and elsewhere, soliciting investors to start an oilfield trucking business and hiding Henrikson’s true identity and profits made by their business entities.
Henrikson allegedly provided false names and spellings of his actual name to investors “to cloak his prior criminal background and the prior allegations of business fraud,” the affidavit states.
Henrikson has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of felon in possession of ammunition related to a search of his Watford City home on Jan. 20.