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Florida man guilty of $1 million fraud in BP oil spill claims

April 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

MIAMI, April 17 (UPI) -- A South Florida man has been convicted of scamming more than $1 million from a program for people financially harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Jean Mari Lindor was found guilty of filing more than 400 fake damage claims, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Homestead man faces a long prison sentence after being found guilty in federal court in Miami of 40 counts of fraud, identity theft and other charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Watts-Fitzgerald said Lindor charged a $300 fee to file fraudulent claims for low-income workers in South Florida.

The claims were paid by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which BP set up under federal government supervision after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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