Man convicted of filing phony BP oil spill claims

 

jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

A Homestead man was convicted Tuesday of bilking more than $1 million from the U.S. government’s BP oil spill program.

Jean Mari Lindor was found guilty of filing more than 400 fraudulent damage claims for people who purportedly lost wages due to the 2010 Gulf Coast disaster’s economic hit on the region’s tourism industry.

Lindor, 31, was found guilty of 40 counts of fraud, identity theft and other charges in Miami federal court and faces a long prison sentence in July before U.S. District Judge Michael Moore.

Lindor submitted the fraudulent claims for himself and other low-income workers in South Florida, who paid him a $300 processing fee, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Watts-Fitzgerald. Lindor received the damage payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up by BP under U.S. supervision after its protracted Deepwater Horizon spill.

Lindor’s case, among 18 BP fraud prosecutions in Florida, was investigated by the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Secret Service.

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