Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media
As the number of fraudulent claims received by BP rises, courts are taking action to correct the issue. A federal judge has ruled that money received through an allegedly false claim must be repaid by the lawyers and accountants who represented that claimant. Jennifer Larino for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:
U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in April ruled Casey C. Thonn and the lawyers who represented him in a shrimping claim repay the amount after an investigation revealed the payment was made based on phony tax returns.
Thonn received $357,000 from BP, and those who represented him are responsible for almost a quarter of that amount. Thonn’s case is just one of many false claims that BP is dealing with in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.
For all the details about the case, check out Larino’s full article: Judge orders lawyers repay portion of client’s fraudulent BP claim