By Wendy Laursen 2015-06-29 20:45:35
Charlie English III has pleaded guilty to fraud worth $257,400 in the U.S. after his actions in the of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
English, 33, helped claimants submit false statements regarding lost earnings for non-existent fishing companies. In return, he received some of the compensation money paid.
English worked as an adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. He is now required to repay $257,400 and is on probation for three years.
The case was brought as part of the Louisiana District’s partnership with the National Center for Disaster Fraud, 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.
The BP-operated website, The State of the Gulf, reports that 264 cases of fraud worth $26,859,283 have been reported resulting in 187 convictions.
Other fraud cases have involved a Massachusetts man who faked his death, a Detroit mayoral candidate who concocted owning a boat and a Mississippi man who claimed to own a shrimping and fishing business that didn’t exist.
The fraud tally is available here.