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.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1bNbmAX ) 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, http://www.nola.com