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Seven defendants pleaded guilty to stealing money from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement fund.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said Monday the defendants filed fraudulent claims for lost wages caused by the spill.

James Carlton Gibbons, of Chickasaw, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $2,760 in restitution.

Arthur Thomas Isham Jr. of Bayou La Batre was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay $2,500.

Nicholas Shane Graham of Mobile was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $4,400 in restitution.

Derek J. Strong and Jessica Danille Verrett, both of Irvington, were sentenced to five years in prison.

Verrett was assessed $4,800 in restitution and Strong $5,760.

Two others, Marie Nicole Williams and Toni Leann Strong, of Theodore, pleaded guilty to possession of a forged instrument and sentenced to two years in prison. They were not ordered to pay restitution because they were never paid any settlement money.

Charges are still pending against three others indicted in May, AG Strange said.

Patrick Isham of Irvington faces two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

Delisha Purdy of Theodore faces first-degree theft of property, eight counts of first-degree criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property, and three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

And Rhonda Howard of Mobile faces first-degree criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property, first-degree theft of property, and three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

If convicted, those three defendants face potential penalties of two to 20 years in prison and fines up to $30,000 for each count that is a class B felony, and one to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $15,000 for each count that is a class C felony.