Waveland man admits filing false oil spill claim

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Waveland man could spend the next 20 years in prison, and be forced to pay a quarter million dollar fine for filing a fraudulent claim related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Luom Van Ngo, 44, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to mail fraud. Prosecutors said Ngo admitted he devised and carried out a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

In his claim for damages, Ngo said that as a result of the oil spill, he lost earnings, profits and work hours as a commercial fisherman in Hancock County. Based on that, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility sent Ngo a check for $18,000 through the United States mail.

Ngo will be sentenced on April 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., by Chief U. S. District Judge Louis Guirola.

If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, you can contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by either calling the hotline at (866) 720-5721, faxing (225) 334-4707, emailing at disaster@leo.gov or in writing to:

National Center for Disaster Fraud
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909

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