Dept. of Justice: Sorrento councilman and wife indicted for fraud scheme

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - A federal grand jury has indicted Sorrento councilman Randy Anny and his wife Barbara on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with a claim made to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

The Indictment alleges that from in or about November 2010 through in or about June 2011, Randy and Barbara engaged in a scheme to profit from a fraudulent claim submitted to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), an administrative entity that BP Exploration and Production, Inc. established to process damage claims resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the allegations contained in the indictment, between November and December 2010, Randy and Barbara submitted a fraudulent claim to the GCCF which represented that Randy's 26 foot boat had been damaged by the Oil Spill while located in Grand Isle, Louisiana. In support of the claim, Randy and Barbara submitted a repair invoice which fraudulently reflected that Randy had paid a company $7,800 in cash to repair specific items on his boat and boat trailer. As a result of the fraudulent claim, the GCCF wired $7,800 to a bank account controlled by Randy and Barbara in June 2011.

In February, Councilman Randy Anny's home was raided and his boat was confiscated.

The investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, each defendant faces incarceration, fines, restitution, and supervised release following imprisonment.

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