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Fla. man charged with oil spill claims fraud

3 years ago August 30, 2011 Aug 30, 2011 Tuesday, August 30 2011 Tuesday, August 30, 2011 1:33:28 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

MIAMI - A Florida man has been charged with attempting to defraud the claims fund set up by BP following last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Miami federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 36-year-old Eliu Gonzalez sent a fraudulent electronic claim last October for more than $110,000 in supposedly lost income due to the spill.

Gonzalez formerly lived in Florida City and more recently in Costa Rica.

Gonzalez faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted on each of two charges. He is being held without bail and his attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility has paid out more than $5 billion in claims stemming from the spill.

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