U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET') says in a Friday news release that 26-year-old Kevin Richard fraudulently claimed he was a cook for New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc. at the time of the spill, which disrupted many Gulf Coast businesses and caused job losses.
But, Polite says, Richard was not a cook for New Orleans Paddlewheels. And his false claim led to him illegally getting $26,000 in settlement money.
He pleaded guilty Thursday. Sentencing was set for Oct. 27.
Polite's office says the maximum sentence is 20 years.