Councilman, wife accused of making false oil spill claim
BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday which accuses Sorrento councilman Randy Anny and his wife Barbara of illegally claiming thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money.
U. S. Attorney Walt Green said Anny and his wife face federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. Green said the pair filed a false claim that Anny's boat was damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill while moored in Grand Isle.
According to the indictment, in December 2010 the pair submitted the false claim to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility asking for $7,800 which they said had been paid to repair the boat and trailer. Prosecutors said they also submitted a repair receipt to support their claim which authorities said was fraudulent.
FBI agents raided Anny's home this past February and seized the 26-foot fishing boat.
The U. S. Attorney's Office said the investigation is being handled by the Middle District of Louisiana, the FBI, and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.