Eunice Company Alleges Massive Embezzlement

Staff Report
The Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - An oilfield waste disposal company in Eunice has accused several former employees of engaging in a massive scheme that cost the company millions.

Sundance Services says in a federal lawsuit filed in Albuquerque this month that millions of dollars of the company's profits and assets were misdirected for personal use of the workers between 2001-08.

The suit names former employees Donna Roach, Kelly Roach and Michael Patterson, saying they used the money to benefit themselves, their friends and relatives.

The Roaches and Patterson ran the company for an absentee owner. Company lawyer Steven Kessler says audits uncovered the losses in the past two years.

Lovington attorney Barry Crutchfield represents the Roaches and says the accusations have no merit.