- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Grand Bay, Alabama, woman and a man from Lafayette, Louisiana, have been sentenced to prison for their role in a conspiracy tied to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola on Wednesday sentenced 34-year-old Thi Houng “Kristy” Le to seven years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He also sentenced 52-year-old Gregory P. Warren to 17 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Le and Warren were convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft, aggravated identity theft, mail fraud and wire fraud. Authorities say they fraudulently submitted names of more than 40,000 people in litigation related to the spill. They also submitted stolen and false Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and occupations.

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