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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Man Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI about Fraudulent BP Oil Spill Claim

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JETTY HUI, age 44, a resident of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2).  The guilty plea was taken before United States District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.

According to the bill of information, JETTY HUI was a business owner of Cabinets and Countertops Direct.  After the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion, HUI submitted documentation of losses to his business to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust.  Those losses were fraudulent and were only submitted to facilitate a refund.  On December 2, 2010, HUI received approximately $72,500 in funds.  In May, 2012, HUI knowingly and willfully made false, fictitious, and fraudulent material statements and representations regarding the veracity of his claim for those funds, indicating to the FBI that the losses were real, when in fact they were not.

HUI faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, three (3) years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

A sentencing hearing is set for June 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. before the United Stated District Court Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.  U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carter K.D. Guice, Jr., is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated February 28, 2018