Grand Isle man sentenced for fraudulent oil spill claim

Associated Press

Grand Isle man sentenced for fraudulent oil spill claim

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 52-year-old Grand Isle man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to filing a false damage claim for $30,173 after the BP oil spill.

Prosecutors say Ronnie P. Vedros was sentenced Thursday. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $30,173 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Vedros filed a damage claim to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill claiming to have lost earnings as a commercial fisherman and engineer.

But prosecutors say he was neither a commercial fisherman nor employed as an engineer at the time. They say the documentation backing up his claim was false.

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