One of two accused landmen plead guilty in a Pennsylvania mineral rights fraud case

Last week, one of the two landmen accused of defrauding approximately 40 Washington County, Pennsylvania, landowners of their mineral rights "pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and could face about three years in prison," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The second defendant has pleaded not guilty to similar charges, which allege the two "wrote up and filed false deeds and forged the signatures of property owners, transferring mineral rights to 'bogus companies' they created." These rights were then sold and leased to Range Resources and other companies (See our Aug 29, 2013, blog post – "Federal grand jury indictment alleges Pennsylvania landman used fake companies and forged signatures to steal mineral rights"). 

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