Ex-cop's wife pleads guilty over bogus oil spill claim
NEW ORLEANS - The wife of a former police officer who helped cover up deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has pleaded guilty to submitting a fraudulent claim for money from BP's oil spill compensation fund.
Rokeisha Barrios faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following her guilty plea Wednesday to one count of wire fraud.
Federal prosecutors say Barrios received $22,600 from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility after falsely claiming her husband, Robert Barrios, lost income as a fisherman and hotel employee following the Gulf oil spill in 2010.
Robert Barrios, one of five former New Orleans police officers who pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings, isn't charged in the case against his wife.