GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A commercial fisherman in Mississippi has been sentenced to three years in prison for mail fraud related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Luom Van Ngo of Waveland pleaded guilty in February.
The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. on Tuesday ordered Ngo pay restitution of $18,575. Ngo also will be on probation for three years.
Prosecutors say Ngo devised and carried out a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility set up to administer claims of individuals and businesses affected by the spill.
Prosecutors say Ngo falsely alleged he lost earnings, profits and work hours as a commercial fisherman in Hancock County after the spill. As a result, he fraudulently received $18,000 in oil spill recovery money.