Gautier man sentenced for mail fraud
A former Gautier resident is sentenced to serve 25 months in federal prison for mail fraud in connection with the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill.
According to the Department of Justice, 39-year-old Leonard Thomas carried out a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility by making materially false representations through wire and mail submissions that he suffered damages and lost employment as a fisherman on a boat in Pass Christian.
The investigation revealed that Thomas did not work on the boat or lose any earnings as a result of the spill.
Thomas is forced to pay back the restitution money he received which was over $118,000.