Friday the Supreme Court of Alaska found in favor of Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated and Nabors Alaska Services Corporation in a fraud case that’s expected to bring the two entities an award of more than $20 million.
The court ruled against John Ellsworth and Pacific Diversified Investments. Ellsworth had owned a construction and oil field support company, Alaska Interstate Construction. In 1995, he sold AIC to CIRI and Nabors, but continued to run AIC through his investment company. Later, CIRI signed an agreement with Ellsworth for the use of two aircraft.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court found Ellsworth and PDI of systematic and continuous fraud and breach of contract, saying Ellsworth charged more than market value for some services, while charging for services his company didn’t provide.