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Man pleads guilty to white collar crime

When you are accused of a white collar crime, and you don't know why or how they could accuse you, it can be frightening. The laws of Louisiana are very clear when it comes too fraud. Fraud is defined as a deception practiced in order to induce another to give up possession of property or surrender a right. It also means trickery.

In Slidell, Louisiana, a man who is a shrimper is being accused of and has pleaded guilty to, defrauding the Deepwater Horizon Claim Center of approximately $192,000. He is accused of providing false income statements. The Deepwater Horizon Claim Center is the hub that is processing all the claims that those involved in fishing and were hurt by the British Petroleum oil spill.

The man could face up to 20 years in prison for this offense.

The United States attorney involved in the case stated today that the man accused of the fraud did plead guilty.

The fraud allegedly occurred when the man filed fake receipts for shrimp sales that didn't exist. He used these receipts to try and prove that his business was bigger than it actually was and in this manner, fraud allegedly was committed. He wanted to show the claim center that he suffered loss of income that may have been more than he actually suffered.

Getting accused of a crime can be extremely disheartening. All of a sudden your family is behaving differently, your job or livelihood may be at stake and your friends have all taken a walk away from you.

Calling in an attorney early can make a big difference in getting the charges against you mitigated or dropped.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Man pleads guilty to fraud, falsifying BP claim worth $192K," Kyle Barnett, May 29, 2015

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