Gulfport man gets 12.5 years for oil spill fraud
GULFPORT, Miss. - A Gulfport man, identified as the mastermind of a family scheme to illegally obtain about $100,000 in oil spill recovery money, has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.
The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced 50-year-old Bobby Earl Keys to 12½ years in prison for claiming lost wages as a result of the Gulf oil spill from a seafood business that doesn't exist.
John Dowdy, criminal division chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office, said Thursday that Keys used another person's name for the bogus business to create fake paperwork for himself and five relatives that was submitted with claims involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
As of Tuesday's sentencing, officials say at least $98,298 was illegally obtained.