Lafayette man facing BP fraud charges was convicted in Fen-Phen case _lowres

Wyeth headquarters in Madison, N.J., is seen, Wednesday, April 28, 2004. A Texas jury awarded $1 billion Tuesday to the family of a woman who died of rare lung condition after taking the Wyeth drug, Pondimin, one of the now-banned fen-phen diet drugs. Wyeth which claims the trial was riddled with errors, said it will appeal the verdict. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer) ORG XMIT: DCH101

A Lafayette man who is the sixth defendant in a $2.3 billion BP fraud case has pleaded not guilty to charges similar to his conviction 10 years ago for providing false names for claims against the manufacturer of the diet drug Fen-Phen.

Gregory P. Warren’s guilty plea in the Fen-Phen federal fraud case in 2005 was not mentioned at his arraignment in the BP case Wednesday in Gulfport. He was pastor of Pear Ridge Church of Christ in Hammond when he was convicted in the Fen-Phen case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Walker gave Warren, of Lafayette, an unsecured bond of $25,000, the same amount for five others already arraigned.

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