NEW ORLEANS — A 36-year-old Slidell, La., woman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud relating to an application for aid she filed after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente said Friday that Keishandra Houston falsely represented to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that she worked as a cook at a seafood restaurant and lost her job as a result of the accident. Prosecutors say Houston sent to the facility false earning statements and, as a result, illegally received $5,900 from the GCCF.
Houston faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for July 25.
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