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SandRidge shareholder presents allegations against CEO Tom Ward

Hedge fund TPG-Axon Capital filed a presentation detailing some of its front-running allegations against SandRidge Energy Inc. CEO
by Jay F. Marks Modified: January 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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Activist SandRidge Energy Inc. shareholder TPG-Axon Capital on Wednesday revealed some details behind its accusations of self-dealing against CEO Tom Ward.

The hedge fund is questioning a series of “related party transactions” reported by SandRidge involving entities associated with Ward.

SandRidge has said it disclosed related party transactions in regulatory filings when appropriate. The company declined comment on Wednesday's filing.

The Wednesday filing by TPG-Axon spotlighted some deals by Ward family entities WCT Resources LLC and TLW Land and Cattle that it said were not disclosed to shareholders or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

“In a number of instances, WCT Resources has moved ahead of the company to acquire mineral rights from third parties, and then flipped them to SandRidge just weeks or months later,” according to the presentation posted on its website, shareholdersforsandridge.com. “More worryingly, it appears that WCT Resources has acquired acreage in advance of purchases by SandRidge in the same area, and then either sold it to third parties or kept it.”

TPG-Axon, which owns about 6.7 percent of the company's outstanding stock, has hired investigators to review lease information on a small percentage of SandRidge's 2 million acres in the Mississippi Lime play, leading it to conclude the Ward entities have been competing with SandRidge to acquire mineral rights.

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by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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