Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon indicted over rigged lease bids in Oklahoma
Aubrey McClendon, the former chief executive of Chesapeake Energy Corp., has been indicted for conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.
The Department of Justice said Tuesday the indictment alleges that the conspiracy ran from December 2007 to March 2012.
The department said that McClendon allegedly orchestrated the scheme between two large energy companies. They would decide ahead of time who would win bids, with the winner then allocating an interest in the leases to the other company.
Leasehold interests usually include the right to develop the land and to extract oil and natural gas for a period of time, typically three to five years.
The indictment was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.