- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 40-year-old Gulfport man has been sentenced to prison and restitution of just over $47,000 for using a fake business name to get oil spill-recovery money.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/YW7EyF ) U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Brian K. Lee on Thursday.

Lee had pleaded guilty to mail fraud for cheating the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Ozerden imposed a 34-month prison term followed by three years of post-release supervision.

He also fined Lee $2,500.

Lee claimed the oil spill that followed the Deepwater Horizon explosion caused him to lose money from his job as a customer service representative for Gulf South Seafood, and he provided supporting documents.

Prosecutors say the business didn’t exist.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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