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A Mississippi commercial fisherman has been sentenced to three years in prison for mail fraud linked to the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Luom Van Ngo pleaded guilty to the charges in February.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. also ordered Ngo to pay restitution of $18,575 on Tuesday.

Ngo also be on probation for three years after his release from prison, according to the Sun Herald.

Prosecutors said Ngo conceived and operated a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

The Facility was set up to administer claims of individuals and businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

According to prosecutors, Ngo falsely alleged he lost earnings, profits, and work hours as a commercial fisherman in Hancock County, Mississippi following the spill.

Through the false claim, he fraudulently collected $18,000 in oil spill recovery money.