Man, woman plead guilty to scamming oil spill fund

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man and woman have agreed to plead guilty in federal court in Birmingham to charges that they submitted false claims to receive payment from a fund set up to help Gulf Coast workers who suffered financially after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/18kTpo4 ) that plea agreements for 43-year-old Warren Lamoss Sewell and 44-year-old Selena Sewell Fleeton were filed April 26 in U.S. District Court. Each agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Prosecutors say both defendants allowed an unnamed man file claims for lost wages using their names and shared the money with him. Sewell received $43,700 while Fleeton was paid $39,500.

Sewell's defense attorney, Brett Wadsworth, declined to comment. Court records do not show an attorney for Fleeton.



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