The civil suit, filed in Harris County District Court in Texas, accuses former Stabil Drill Chief Operating Officer Chris Russo and former Chief Financial Officer Marty LeBlanc of masterminding an elaborate scheme to defraud the company. Via a complex scheme of self-dealing, the duo conspired with others — including Scott Kerstetter of Lafayette — to direct payments of more than $65 million to various entities they owned or controlled, the suit alleges.
Superior Energy Services, a publicly traded corporation with worldwide operations and a market cap of $2.4 billion, purchased Stabil Drill the late 1990s for $25 million in cash and notes. The company was founded in 1986 by Chris Russo’s father, the late Sammy Joe Russo.
A spokesman for the SEC, which enforces federal securities laws, tells ABiz the agency neither confirms nor denies investigations and would withhold any comment on an investigation until charges are filed. The FBI assumes a similar position, but Don Bostic, supervisory special agent for the local FBI office, acknowledges that he is familiar with the allegations contained in the suit.
In these types of investigations involving allegations of fraud, the FBI is likely to look into whether federal wire or mail fraud statutes were violated, Bostic says.