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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Five Sentenced for Filing Fraudulent BP Oil Spill Claims

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced today that Charles C. Martin, 40, and Joseph B. Doyon, 43, of Pace, Florida, and Marquis R. Seals, 34, Bernard Cook, 39, and Tremayne C. Jamison, 42, of Pensacola, Florida, have been sentenced in federal court after having pleaded guilty to mail fraud and filing false claims related to the 2010 BP oil spill.

Martin, Seals, Doyon, and Cook admitted to submitting fraudulent claims to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF).  They falsely inflated their income as employees of Hooters of Pensacola Beach and stated they lost money due to the oil spill in their GCCF claims.  Martin, then general manager of Hooters, and Seals, then assistant manager, aided and abetted their co-workers by providing fraudulent employment documentation for their claims.  Jamison filed a false claim with the National Pollution Funds Center of the U.S. Coast Guard, which included a letter from Martin stating a contract between Jamison’s company and Hooters of Pensacola Beach was cancelled due to the oil spill, when actually no such contract existed.

Today, Martin was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in the scheme, and Doyon was sentenced to 12 months.  Last month, Cook was sentenced to 12 months in prison, Seals was sentenced to 9 months, and Jamison was sentenced to 6 months.  More than $85,000 will be paid back to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust due to the restitution ordered in this case.

These cases result from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia Kim. 

Updated January 26, 2015