Florida Man Gets Year in Prison for Spill Claim Fraud

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Miami, FL (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.

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  • by anon. Location: tallahassee on Jan 12, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    You know how many people filed claims that did not loose any income? There are waitresses that received thousands while they never lost a day of work!
  • by Watch out on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    The regulations that are in place for him to file in an honest manner are there for a purpose. Same with companies. Don't let Mitt disband regulations that protect others.
  • by Here is an idea on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:53 AM
    Give him an extra one year in prison for each pound of fish he claimed. He knows what he did was wrong and he deserves a harsh punishment. He is penalizing the individuals that deserve the monies where he does not. THROW THE BOOIK AT HIM!!!!!!!!
  • by jes on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    If he lives in miami he is probably a cuban. if he is a miami cuban he must be a republican.
  • by God Bless America Location: Tally on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    He must be a liberal. Hey Tony...Do you know him?
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