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Des Allemands woman charged with mail fraud in aftermath of BP oil spill

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal grand jury in New Orleans has charged a 42-year-old Des Allemands woman with making a false claim for disaster relief after the 2010 BP oil spill.

The indictment says Melissa Ann Duran claimed she had worked as a seafood processor for a commercial fisherman for two years before the spill. Prosecutors say she filed false documentation with the federal government.

The indictment made public Thursday charged Duran with one-count of mail fraud.

According to the indictment, Duran received $33,800 to which she was not entitled. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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