Two Individuals Sentenced to Prison for Fraud in Connection with BP Oil Spill
Gulfport, Miss – Thi Houng Le a/k/a Kristy Le, age 34, of Pascagoula, and Gregory P. Warren, age 52 of Lafayette, Louisiana, were sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola for conspiracy to commit identity theft, aggravated identity theft, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a lawsuit against BP, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Craig Caldwell.
Le was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $25,000.00. Warren was sentenced to 204 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $25,000.00. The defendants were convicted by a jury following a four-week trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola in August, 2016.
The defendants in this case carried out a conspiracy to defraud numerous victims from multiple states and the BP Gulf Coast Claims Facility by obtaining names, addresses, dates of birth, and social security numbers from any source available to create “clients” for anticipated litigation as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The defendants fraudulently submitted names of over 40,000 individuals as plaintiffs in litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill, knowing that the individuals had not consented to be represented by the law firm. They also submitted stolen and false social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and occupations.
This case was investigated by United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerry Rushing and Gregg Kennedy.