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.


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.