A tropical wave is moving from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico. The circulation is over land right now, but it is worth watching as it pushes west. It is not likely anything will develop untilmore>>
Dolly has developed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but not a threat to the northern Gulf coast.more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. The traditionally slow months are transforming with the return of some big-name conventions. more>>
Labor Day moves political campaigns into a high gear, and local candidates were out in force kissing babies and shaking hands. more>>
Labor Day moves political campaigns into a high gear, and local candidates were out in force kissing babies and shaking hands and...tweeting? more>>
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Fifteen people were charged Thursday with felony fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims for help after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the phony claims were worth more than $300,000 combined. Fourteen defendants were charged in bills of information, generally an indication that they have signed plea deals. A grand jury indicted one of them.
Most of those charged allegedly claimed to have worked jobs at certain wages before the spill, but prosecutors allege they did not work the jobs at the wages they purported. One man submitted a forged letter from his employer saying his wages were reduced when they were not; another made up businesses entirely. Others claimed to have operated commercial fishing businesses, when they really worked as barbers or construction workers.
A few months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf, BP established a $20 billion Gulf Coast Claims Facility to settle claims with people and businesses that lost money or profits in the wake of the spill. Applicants were required to submit documentation of lost earnings or revenue.
Charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud were: Tyariana Scott, 36, of New Orleans; Tracey Daniels, 49, of New Orleans; Shanel Danyell Burton, 33, of River Ridge; Troy Toledano, 52, of Grand Prairie, Texas; Ranell Boyd, 51, of Harvey; Odney Brimmer, 32, of New Orleans; Tiron Kelley, 49, of New Orleans; Arin Jones, 31, of New Orleans; Robin Hayes, 41, of New Orleans; Roy R. Parker, 55, of New Orleans and Rachell Thomas, 36, of Slidell. Benjamin Bennett, 23, of New Orleans, and Keishandra Houston, 36, of New Orleans each face a charge of wire fraud, while Pierre Wilbourne, 40, of Kenner, and Alicia Wells, 29, of New Orleans, were each charged with mail fraud.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffeymore>>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.more>>
For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theymore>>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.more>>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.more>>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.more>>