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Couple pleads guilty to making false claim after Gulf oil spill


NEW ORLEANS — A couple arrested in February for filing false public records connected to the BP oil spill has pleaded guilty in state court to recreational fishing license fraud.

Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced 60-year-old Derwin Hill and 60-year-old Diana Hill to each pay a $1,500 fine and serve two years of probation. A two-year jail sentence for each was suspended Monday. Times-Picayune reports ( ) wildlife and fisheries agents discovered Diana Hill altered a 2011-12 fishing license purchased by her husband to make it appear to be a 2010-11 license so that they could make a claim after the 2010 oil spill.

Agents say the Hills made two separate fraudulent claims, totaling $19,500, with the altered license but received no money.

Authorities say Diana Hill admitted to changing the license date.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,

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