Shell is developing its major Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
By John Donovan
A Shell employee, Danny Hanna discovered accounting irregularities while working at Shell Exploration and Production as Cost Management Lead on the Cardamom project.
His supervisor was moving funds and deleting numbers to falsify reports to senior management and these false reports were subsequently delivered to the board of directors. The numbers consisted of miscalculations in estimates in the funding required to build and complete Subsea Tiebacks in the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Project Cardamom Deep. According to legal documents, the false reporting amounted to $750,000,000.00 plus dollars.
The supervisor allegedly accessed Mr. Hanna’s computer without permission to falsify and change Mr. Hanna’s financial reports. Mr. Hanna confronted the supervisor Mr. Charles Perrilliat and told him to cease and desist. Since Mr. Perrilliat was defiant, Mr. Hanna informed Mr. Perrilliat’s boss Mark Tipton.
Mr. Hanna then scheduled an appointment with human resources in Houston, Texas and traveled to Houston to inform Shell Corporate of the infractions and fraud.
While en route, Mr. Hanna was informed via cell phone that he would not be allowed on Shell premises.
He was then sacked allegedly as a retaliation forsaking complaints of fraudulent and illegal activity. Whistleblowers are not welcome.
Mr Hanna has also alleged that the first attorneys he hired switched sides. He said his law firm called him in and said they could no longer work for him because it would be a conflict of interest, as they were now working for Shell.
All of the information and allegations, including the above introduction, comes from correspondence and legal documents filed with the U.S. Courts.
The case is current. Shell is apparently trying to make a key participant – Mr. CHARLES PERRILLIAT – unavailable.
A selection of documents and exhibits containing correspondence right up to June 2014 is included in the files provided.
Extracts from a 168 page legal document filed with the US courts on 13 May 2014.
Plaintiff HANNA, was recruited by Defendant BRUNEL ENERGY, INC. out of Houston Texas to work for Defendant SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC, as a Cost Engineering Manager.
While employed by Shell, Mr. Hanna discovered that his direct supervisor, Mr. CHARLES PERILLIAT was moving funds and deleting numbers in reports to corporate officers in order to falsify reports to Kurt Schulemberger, Project Manager and Kimberly McNeely, Finance Manager. These false reports were delivered to the board of directors. The numbers consisted of miscalculations in estimates by Defendant CHARLES PERlLLIAT in the funding required to build and complete Subsea Tiebacks in the Gulf of Mexico, project name Cardamom. The false reporting amounted to $750,000,000.00 plus dollars.
Plaintiff HANNA, discovered these accounting irregularities while working at Defendant SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC. in October and November of 2011. As part of Plaintiff HANNA’S regular job duties he was required to report the accounting irregularities and mis-estimates to the corporate offices.
In advance of Plaintiff HANNA making his required reports, Defendant PERlLLIAT actually entered Plaintiff HANNA ‘S computer without permission to falsify and change Plaintiff HANNA’S financial reports.
Plaintiff HANNA reported the fraudulent actions of Defendant CHARLES PERlLLIAT to his direct supervisor at Defendant SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC., Defendant MARK TIPTON. Defendant MARK TIPTON failed to follow the policies and procedures of both Defendants SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC. and BRUNEL ENERGY, INC. and breached the agreements and/or contracts between Defendants SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC. and BRUNEL ENERGY, INC. and Plaintiff DANNY HANNA. No action was taken by Defendant MARK TIPTON against Defendant CHARLES PERlLLIAT.
Plaintiff HANNA reported the fraudulent actions of Defendant CHARLES PERlLLIAT to the project manager over the Cardamom Project at Defendant SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC., Kurt Schallenburger, but no action was taken against Defendants CHARLES PERlLLIAT or MARK TIPTON.
Plaintiff HANNA has experience of over thirty years in this line of work and knows full well the ramifications of delivering fraudulent information to shareholders in a company. The actions of Defendant CHARLES PERILLIAT and MARI<‘ TIPTON caused Plaintiff HANNA extreme emotional distress, to the point that Plaintiff HANNA suffered a cardiac event causing him to be hospitalized with cardiac symptoms brought on by stress.
After making numerous complaints about fraudulent reports with no action taken, Plaintiff HANNA scheduled an appointment with Defendant SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC. ‘s human resource department in Houston for November 11, 2011. While en route to the appointment, Plaintiff HANNA was called via cell phone and terminated and told he would be arrested if he went to SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC.’s corporate office in Houston. This was done in reprisal for Plaintiff HANNA making complaints of fraudulent and illegal activity described herein in violation of La. R,S, 23:967.
Defendants CHARLES PERILLIAT, MARK TIPTON and SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION,lNC. intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon Plaintiff HANNA by harassing and berating Plaintiff HANNA because of his insistence on following company protocols and the law and his insistence upon reporting his findings through the proper channels.
Plaintiff HANNA has a visible birth defect in his right ann in which he has no right hand and smaller right arm. Defendant CHARLES PERILLIAT called Plaintiff HANNA “chicken wing” and asked him to “high five” on an almost weekly basis among other derogatory and discriminating remarks in violation of DANNY HANNA’S rights pursuant to La, Canst. Art. 1 § 3 and 12 and La. R.S.23 § 322 et. seq.
Defendants CHARLES PERILLIAT, MARI( TIPTON and SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC. violated Louisiana’s Unfair or Practices Act La. R.S. 51:1405 et. seq. by seeking to compete with other companies in violation of Louisiana State law by acts by deleting files and hiding monies and estimates, deceptive accounting, fraud, false reporting, discrimination based on disability, reprisal against whistleblowers, violations of State of Louisiana constitutional rights, fraud, Theft of Business Records, Unauthorized Use of aMovable, Bank. Fraud, Disposal of Property with fraudulent or malicious intent, Computer fraud, and other violations of State Constitutional Law
The actions of Defendants CHARLES PERILLIAT, MARK TIPTON and SHELL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, INC. against Plaintiff HANNA in producing and hiding fraudulent documents, harassing Plaintiff HANNA, discriminating against Plaintiff HANNA and terminating Plaintiff HANNA in reprisal for his complaints was immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous, substantially injurious to consumers, fraudulent, misrepresentation, deceptive, breach of fiduciary duty, or other unethical conduct.
Defendants have further defamed the character and name of Plaintiff HANNA by reporting to third parties that Plaintiff was terminated for job abandonment and has black balled Plaintiff HANNA in the industry causing him ongoing future lost wages and suffering.
Compressed searchable files containing nearly 250 pages of information/testimony/evidence filed with the court.
Danny Hanna Legal Doc 168 pages (So takes some time to load)