La. Woman Pleads Guilty In Oil Spill Fraud Case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Gretna woman has pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent application for money from the $20 billion claims fund that BP set up after the Deepwater Horizon rig blast spawned a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Federal prosecutors said 48-year-old Cam Hang falsely stated on her application to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that she owned C.H. Food Mart in Kenner at the time of the April 20 explosion when she actually sold the business before the blast. The fund paid her $42,000.
Hang faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following her guilty plea Wednesday to one count of mail fraud. Her sentencing is set for June 22.