PA Landman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Landowners, Off to Jail

A few weeks ago MDN told you about the arrest and charges against a Butler, PA landman–Derek Candelore–who is accused of an elaborate scam in stealing away mineral rights from unsuspecting landowners by forging signatures and using fake companies (see When Landmen Go Bad: Butler, PA Landman Arrested for Fraud). Candelore plead not guilty, but his partner, William Ray, has just pleaded guilty and when convicted will spend something like three years in the clink for his crime.

Mr. Ray will not only do the time, he’ll also have to give back over half a million dollars he received as part of the scam and continue to pay back what he stole from his future earnings after he’s done making license plates in the pen for ten cents an hour…

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