- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A commercial fisherman in Mississippi has pleaded guilty to a charge of mail fraud related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis said Tuesday that 44-year-old Luom Van Ngo, of Waveland, admitted that he devised and carried out a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility set up to administer, process and settle claims of individuals and businesses affected by the spill.

Davis says Ngo falsely alleged he lost earnings, profits and work hours as a commercial fisherman in Hancock County after the spill. As a result, he fraudulently received $18,000 in oil spill recovery money.

Sentencing is April 30 before Chief U. S. District Judge Louis Guirola. Ngo faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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