- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A LaPlace man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office announced that 44-year-old Hardell Mack was sentenced Wednesday to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $65,300 in restitution.

The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1XztHV4 ) reports Mack had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which BP set up to compensate individuals and businesses who suffered economic losses resulting from the oil disaster.

Prosecutors say Mack and Michegel Butler submitted false claims on behalf of two individuals, stating they worked as deckhands on a shrimp boat. Prosecutors say the two individuals did not suffer losses as a result of the spill.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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