Fla. Man Gets year in Prison for Spill Claim Fraud

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida man has been sentenced to a year and a
day in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempting to
defraud the BP oil spill claims fund.

The sentence was imposed Wednesday by a federal judge on
37-year-old Eliu Gonzalez of Florida City. He pleaded guilty in
October to a wire fraud charge.

BP created its $20 billion claims fund to compensate losses stemming from the April 2010 oil rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Prosecutors say Gonzalez submitted a claim in 2010 of more than $110,000 in supposedly lost income.

Part of the claimed losses included a series of receipts from a Miami fish market for yellowtail snapper that Gonzalez admitted in court were false. Gonzalez also gave crewman false paperwork for
their own claims.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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