A federal judge has ordered an Ocean Springs man to prison for 16 months and to repay more than $171,000 in oil-spill recovery money he wasn't eligible to receive.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Thanh Van Nguyen on Thursday and ordered restitution of $171,577.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1dUiNW8 ) Nguyen had submitted paperwork to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and claimed the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 caused him to lose wages and profits from his business, TN Dollar Store.
The federal government said Nguyen closed his business two months before the oil spill. Nguyen could not prove otherwise.
Nguyen accepted a plea agreement in July on a fraud charge for checks mailed in September 2010 and May 2011.