- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 26-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to engaging in mail fraud for his role in submitting a fraudulent application for disaster assistance money in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says Kevin Richard entered his plea Thursday before Judge Eldon E. Fallon.

Court records say Richard applied for disaster assistance funds, representing that he worked as a cook for New Orleans Paddlewheels at the time of the oil spill. Prosecutors say Richard was not employed at the time of the spill.

Richard got $21,000 from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

He will be sentenced Oct. 27.

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