NC man charged with making false BP oil spill relief claims
WILMINGTON, N.C - A North Carolina man has been charged with filing $2.3 million in false compensation claims following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Michael R. Rosella of Wilmington was arrested by federal authorities Monday and charged with one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.
Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Rosella lived in Washington, D.C., in 2010 when he filed a reimbursement claim on behalf of a fake Louisiana business called Bayou Barataria Sportsmen's Resort.
Rosella claimed the fictitious hotel and sport fishing business was devastated by the impact of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.
He faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted of all charges.