A Slidell man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years of probation for making false claims in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to a news release Wednesday from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval sentenced Casey Thonn, 35, after Thonn pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Thonn also will have to repay $355,521.
Court documents show that Thonn submitted several claims to the Seafood Compensation Program of the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center.
After having been approved for a $1,750 reimbursement in 2012, Thonn asked that the center reconsider his claims based on a false tax return that said he earned $156,000 from shrimping during 2009, the news release says.
Because of the false claim, Thonn’s compensation from the program went from $1,750 to more than $357,000.