Deliberations continue in Koch trial

Monday, December 20th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A federal jury was unable to reach a verdict Monday after five days of deliberations in the civil trial against Koch Industries.

The jury of four men and four women will return to court Tuesday.

Koch, the country's second-largest privately held company, is accused of underreporting the amount and quality of oil it purchased from federal and Indian leases from 1985 through 1989.

Deliberations are in their second week.

Bill Koch, who filed the whistleblower lawsuit, is asking for $445,000 to be compensated to the government for 31,000 federal claims Koch allegedly falsified by adjusting measurements in the company's favor.

If the jury agrees, then U.S. Chief District Judge Terry Kern could order the Wichita, Kan., company to pay an additional $285
million in penalties.