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n this Wednesday, April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Waveland, Miss., man sentenced for oil spill fraud

GULFPORT, Miss. — A commercial fisherman in Mississippi has been sentenced to three years in prison for mail fraud related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Luom Van Ngo of Waveland pleaded guilty in February.

The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. on Tuesday ordered Ngo pay restitution of $18,575. Ngo also will be on probation for three years.

Prosecutors say Ngo devised and carried out a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility set up to administer claims of individuals and businesses affected by the spill.

Prosecutors say Ngo falsely alleged he lost earnings, profits and work hours as a commercial fisherman in Hancock County after the spill. As a result, he fraudulently received $18,000 in oil spill recovery money.

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