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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Grand Isle Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Submitting a Fraudulent GCCF Claim

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RONNIE P. VEDROS, 52, of Grand Isle, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced VEDROS to 41 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, VEDROS was ordered to pay $30,173.56 in restitution.

According to court documents, VEDROS’s charges stem from an application he submitted to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) in the aftermath of the explosion and oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. VEDROS claimed to have lost earnings as a commercial fisherman and engineer as a result of the oil spill and provided documentation to prove his loss. In reality, as set forth in the factual basis, VEDROS was neither a commercial fisherman nor employed as an engineer at the time of the disaster and the documentation submitted had been falsified. As a result of VEDROS’s false application, he received approximately $30,173.56 in funds from the GCCF in which he was not entitled.

This case was brought as part of this District’s partnership with the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), a nationwide initiative to protect available funds and assistance for those victims of both natural and man-made disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and the recent Gulf oil spill. If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, you can contact the NCDF by either calling the hotline at (866) 720-5721, faxing (225) 334-4707, emailing at disaster@leo.gov

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Secret Service in investigating this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Knight was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 30, 2015