Former IRS Employee and Three Others Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

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Former IRS Employee and Three Others Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud U.S. Attorney’s Office July 17, 2015

Northern District of Florida (850) 942-8430

PENSACOLA, FL—Four Pensacola residents, including a former IRS tax examiner, have been sentenced to prison for conspiring to file false claims for payment in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The sentences were announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

On June 30, 2015, Rosa M. Bonner, 52, and Ariyanna S. Lampley, 33, were sentenced to 27 months and 48 months in prison respectively. Both pled guilty on April 8, 2015. On July 16, 2015, Jimmie A. McCorvey, 41, and Marcia D. McCorvey, 42, were sentenced to 72 months and 12 months and one day in prison respectively. Jimmie McCorvey pled guilty on April 30, 2015, and Marcia McCorvey pled guilty on May 7, 2015.

During their guilty pleas, the defendants admitted their participation in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The conspiracy involved the filing of false claims with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (“GCCF”) alleging lost income as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Between 2010 and 2012, the defendants agreed to have Jimmie McCorvey file false GCCF claims in their names and other names provided by Lampley, seeking more than $327,000 in payments for alleged lost earnings and profits as a result of the spill. Jimmie McCorvey fraudulently used Pensacola addresses to indicate that all claimants lived and worked in Pensacola. As a result of these false claims, GCCF paid $95,200 to the defendants.

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