(KPLC) – It was July 2014 when people lined up in droves outside a church on Mill Street to find out if they might have a claim in the BP oil spill case. Church leaders said they’d been contacted by a pastor named Greg Warren.
It turned out Warren had previously been convicted of crimes in connection with a diet pill fraud case in 2005.
Warren, of Lafayette La., was one of seven people indicted in 2015 in Mississippi in a federal case alleging fraud and identity theft.
Last month he was convicted on 65 counts, according to a verdict sheet from U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi.
The indictment covered activities between 2010 and 2013. Although it included no victims from Southwest Louisiana, in 2014, local people did fill out forms with spaces for Social Security numbers.
After the church shut it down, those circulating the forms planned to move activities to a local hotel until hotel management shut that down. No word on whether activities here have or may be investigated.
Of the seven indicted, Warren was one of only two convicted.
Click HERE to see the verdict sheet.
The counts are as follows:
- 1 counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft or aggravated identity theft.
- 14 counts of mail fraud.
- 5 counts of wire fraud.
- 26 counts of identity theft.
- 20 counts of aggravated identity theft.
Warren is to be sentenced November 22 in Mississippi.