In November of 2017 a local oil and gas company reported an alleged theft of oil and gas conversion chemical to police. After conducting an internal audit, the organization noted a discrepancy in their inventory and reported that they believed more than 6,000 lbs of chemical had been stolen by an employee in late 2010.
Following a thorough investigation, detectives with the EPS Economic Crimes Section determined that approximately $580,000 US worth of the chemical had allegedly been stolen and exported to the eastern United States. Detectives believe that the now former employee stole the chemical and, with his partner, created a shell company to facilitate the sale of it to the United States.
On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Timothy Gray, 49, and Michelle Gray, 44, were charged with theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000. Timothy Gray was also charged with fraud over $5,000.
Economic Crimes Section, in partnership with United States law enforcement, continues to investigate the exportation of the chemical.
The EPS would like to thank its United States law enforcement partners and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) for their assistance with this investigation.