ABC News: CodeShip CEO charged with bribery

SAN DIEGO — A software developer accused of bribing his bosses to help produce a commercial on the controversial technology used in hydraulic fracturing is being charged with wire fraud.

CodeShip Inc., which develops and sells hydraulic fracturing equipment, faces several charges.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Justice said it is investigating CodeShip’s CEO, William Pritchard, and four former CodeShip employees who worked on the hydraulic fracturing industry.

Pritchard and the employees were all indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on Wednesday on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.

They are charged with lying to regulators about the operation of their company.

Pritlass and his lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment.

The indictments against the four CodeShip staffers also allege they conspired to steal confidential information about CodeShip, including company records, computer network schematics and company emails.

The prosecutors say Pritlass obtained the information without CodeShip obtaining it, using the company’s network of employees to obtain it.

An indictment alleges the four employees stole confidential information that Pritson was using to provide CodeShip technical support for its product, CodeLink, which is used in the production of hydraulic fracturing fluid.

The indictment also alleges the employees used confidential information to defraud Pritkind.

Prisons spokeswoman Emily McPherson said in an email to ABC News that Pribenard had not yet been arraigned and declined to comment further.