- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud arising from seafood claims following the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Casey Thonn had already been ordered to repay more than $357,000 for fraudulent seafood claims in which he misrepresented his income from shrimping.

Thonn, of Slidell, Louisiana, was charged with two counts of wire fraud in September in a federal bill of information. Court records released Wednesday show that he pleaded guilty. His sentencing is set for Jan. 28. His plea agreement states that the maximum sentence is 20 years but also notes that prosecutors can recommend a lighter sentence.

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