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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 29, 2015

D’IBERVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR OIL SPILL FRAUD CONSPIRACY

 

Gulfport, Miss. – Jason Richard Woodcock, 34, of D’Iberville, was sentenced on January 26, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 120 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced. Woodcock was also ordered to pay restitution to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) in the amount of $105,383.76 and to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) in the amount of $17,092.00.

The investigation revealed that Woodcock and co-conspirators filed fraudulent oil spill claims with the GCCF in support of Woodcock and other individuals’ fraudulent claims scheme for alleged lost earnings and profits as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on or about April 20, 2010. Woodcock alleged loss of employment as a marketing representative at JW Consulting LLC in Gulfport and he conspired to submit other oil spill claims for other individuals from another non-existent company known as "Gulf South Seafood". Through mailings and wire transactions, the conspiracy resulted in the actual loss of $105,383.76, with the total intended loss to the GCCF being $420,816.88.

This case was investigated by special agents of the United States Secret Service and the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

This case was also 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 or in writing to National Center for Disaster Fraud, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909.

Updated January 29, 2015