An Alabama woman became the latest convicted felon in a series of prosecutions for fraudulent claims against the BP fund set up to compensate victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Brandy Strong, 36, of Mobile pleaded guilty to first-degree theft of property in Mobile County Circuit Court on February 25.
She had also been charged with first-degree criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property, first-degree attempted theft of property and two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, al.com reported.
Those charges were dropped in her guilty plea deal.
She could have been jailed for up to 10 years for each felony count.
But under the terms of her plea, Strong was sentenced to one year and one day imprisonment.
The sentence was suspended and she will serve probation for one year.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said although Strong’s conviction concludes the currently pending spill-related prosecutions, additional action will be taken if it “becomes necessary.”
Strong is the 10th defendant from Mobile and Baldwin counties prosecuted by Strange’s office and convicted to date for submitting false documentation to BP claiming lost income due to the spill, al.com said.
Jason Scott Aspinwall, 36, of Robertsdale and Douglas Kerr, 39, of Fairhope were convicted on February 13.
Aspinwall was sentenced to two years in prison. He sentence was suspended for a term of two years of supervised probation.
He was ordered to pay $6,100 in restitution to BP, court costs and $50 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission, al.com reported.
Kerr was sentenced to three years in prison. His sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve two years of supervised probation.
He was assessed $11,000 in restitution to BP, court costs and $50 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission.
These cases were referred to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama, al.com said.