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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Ex-cop's wife gets probation for bogus spill claim

  • The wife of a former police officer who helped cover up deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been sentenced to four years of probation for submitting a fraudulent claim for money from BP's oil spill compensation fund.


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  • The wife of a former police officer who helped cover up deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been sentenced to four years of probation for submitting a fraudulent claim for money from BP's oil spill compensation fund.
    U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance also on Wednesday ordered 32-year-old Rokeisha Barrios to pay nearly $34,000 in restitution.
    Barrios pleaded guilty in March to a wire fraud charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
    Prosecutors said Barrios received separate payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility after falsely claiming her husband, Robert Barrios, lost income as a fisherman and hotel employee following the Gulf oil spill in 2010.
    Robert Barrios pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings.
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