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Local Landman Found Guilty of Fraud

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A local landman was found guilty of fraud has a lot of money to pay back.

A judge has ordered Mark Hardwick to pay $8.5 million to Smith Energy.

Hardwick worked with the Houston based company to manage oil and gas leases in West Texas.

But instead charged the company for work not done, double-billed and improperly obtained leases he was legally prohibited from acquiring.

The jury awarded more than $5.1 million in damages plus nearly $3.5 million in attorneys' fees for Smith Energy.

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