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Feds suspect Fayetteville woman of oil spill-related fraud

Posted November 16, 2010

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— Federal authorities are investigating a Fayetteville woman who they suspect of using her dead sister's identity to submit a claim to the fund set up to compensate people affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a search warrant unsealed Tuesday, someone using the name Sabrina Conner submitted a claim in August, saying she had been laid off from P&J Oyster Co. in New Orleans after the spill last spring. The company president told auditors that the pay stubs that were submitted to the compensation fund were bogus and that he had never heard of Sabrina Conner or the person whose name was on a termination letter that had been submitted to the fund.

Federal investigators determined that Sabrina Conner died in Phenix City, Ala., on May 13 and that she had relatives in the Fayetteville area.

Auditors who tried to track down Conner's relatives said they talked to her mother and later received a call from a woman identifying herself as Sabrina Conner. The woman refused to provide more information about herself. according to the search warrant.

Federal authorities obtained the warrant to check the Yahoo! e-mail account of Conner's sister, Charlette Johnson, whom they suspect of wire fraud, according to the application for the warrant.

No charges have been filed in the case.

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  • GWALLY Nov 16, 2010

    Another graduate of Entitlement University!!!

  • danunger Nov 16, 2010

    Lock em all up in a Louisiana jail, prefereably in New Olreans, or send them to Joe Apriao, Maricopa County AZ.

  • wralgolo2 Nov 16, 2010

    So it seems like her mother was in on it too instead of providing information that her other daughter had died. Lock the whole family up.

  • samiam1244 Nov 16, 2010

    I am sure this kind of fraud happened In the Katrina to..

  • whocares Nov 16, 2010

    It seems there is one in every family, the back end of a mule. This woman should be put in prison for a long time and I agree she should pay back the government their expenses associated with the investigation.

  • 88gta Nov 16, 2010

    People like this who take advantage of programs designed to help victims should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. She should also be required to pay the federal govt. back for all expenses associated with this investigation.