In response to the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Government has committed to holding all responsible parties accountable for all cleanup costs and other damage. Federal officials have identified BP as one of the responsible parties, and BP has begun to receive and process applications for claims stemming from the effects of the oil spill. As of August 23, an independent claims facility, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, has begun the task of processing claims and disbursing payments from the $20 billion fund that BP has established for that purpose.
The Department of Justice is placing a high priority on promptly investigating and prosecuting all meritorious reports of fraud related to the oil spill and its aftermath, including fraudulent claims, charity fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud, and procurement and government-benefit fraud. Throughout the Gulf Coast region, United States Attorney's Offices, the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and federal criminal investigative agencies, with assistance from the National Center for Disaster Fraud, are prepared to handle these cases.
This website will allow you to find current information on the work and progress of federal law enforcement to combat oil-spill fraud.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - ROKEISHA BARRIOS, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, LA, was charged with wire fraud today in a one - count bill of information relating to a fraudulent application she made in her husband's name to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) for financial assistance during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
CAM T. HANG, age 48, a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan to one count of mail fraud relating to a fraudulent application she made to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) for financial assistance during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Friday, December 10, 2010
WASHINGTON - A woman was indicted today in the Eastern District of Louisiana for allegedly filing fraudulent claims for compensation due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
WASHINGTON - As the Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up efforts continue and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) opens its doors, the Department of Justice is reminding members of the public to be aware of and report any instances of suspected fraudulent activity related to relief operations and funding for victims.