Agro Exec In Washington State Accused Of Stealing Half A Million By Using Non-Preferred Travel Management Company

[UPDATE, July 8, 2021: Claypool on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in federal prison. He agreed to forfeit $7.8 million in “criminally derived proceeds” after already paying more than $8 million in restitution.]

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon charged former grass seed company executive Christopher Claypool with multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering, including allegedly defrauding his employer of half a million dollars claimed for business travel.

Among the alleged schemes, Claypool "conspired with" Buzz Baldwin Travel of Spokane, Wash., "to inflate the purported costs . . .

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Jay Campbell

Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.
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