Waveland Man Pleads Guilty To Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Fraud
Gulfport, Miss. – Luom Van Ngo, 44, of Waveland, Mississippi, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to mail fraud related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced.
Ngo admitted that he devised and carried out a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility established by BP Exploration and Production, Inc. to administer, process, and settle certain claims of individuals and businesses impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Ngo made false representations in his claim for damages by alleging that, as a result of the oil spill, he lost earnings, profits and work hours as a commercial fisherman in Hancock County, Mississippi. As a result of his fraudulent scheme, Ngo caused a check in the amount of $18,000.00 to be sent to him from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility through the United States mail.
Luom Van Ngo will be sentenced on April 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., by Chief U. S. District Judge Louis Guirola. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones. It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to National Center for Disaster Fraud, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909.
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