Judge Abruptly Scuttles 'Frack Master' Plea Deal

By Todd Hutchinson (April 2, 2019, 10:10 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge took less than two minutes on Tuesday to reject the government's plea agreement with Christopher A. Faulkner, known as the "Frack Master," who is accused of taking more than $71 million from oil and gas investors.

U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle told a disheveled Faulkner, who appeared in court with a full gray beard and orange jumpsuit, that he could take up to two weeks to decide if he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea or try and reach another plea agreement with the government. Faulkner did not address the court.

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