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Lucedale man sentenced to 3 years' probation, 9 months house arrest for Gulf oil spill fraud


GULFPORT, Mississippi — A 42-year-old Lucedale man has been sentenced to three years' probation, with nine months under house arrest with electronic monitoring, for lying about his previous employment to receive $25,800 in oil-spill recovery money.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) District Judge Sul Ozerden also ordered Thursday that Shawn Albert Townsel pay full restitution.

Townsel pleaded guilty to mail fraud in the case in December.

Townsel received the money after he claimed he lost work as a first-class painter/blaster with Northrop Grumman Ship Systems/Peyton Sandblasting & Painting in Pascagoula and in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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