Feds: Fmr. Florida City Man Filed Fraudulent BP Oil Spill Claims
South Florida Crime
MIAMI – (CBSMiami.com) – A 36-year-old former Florida City man filed a fraudulent claim in an attempt to collect $110,000 from BP after the massive oil spill.
Federal prosecutors charged Eliu Gonzalez Tuesday with two counts of attempting to defraud the funds set up by the oil giant following the oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico last year.
In an electronic filing, Gonzalez claimed that he had about $110,000 in lost income as a result of the spill.
Gonzalez who had been residing in Costa Rica faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted. He is being held without bond.
To date, BP’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility has doled out more than $5 billion in claims as a result of the spill.
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