A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with damage claims from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Prosecutors said English worked as a claims adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. In September 2010, he began providing fraudulent documentation for people who made phony claims for loss of fishing income. The claims resulted in more than $257,000 in illegal payouts.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has placed five officers on administrative reassignment while an investigation is made into their actions as detectives in the Special Victims Section.
The Public Integrity Bureau is investigating each officer based on an Office of Inspector General inquiry.
The Inspector General report found evidence suggesting the officers weren't doing their job. Specifically – they’re accused of labeling sex crimes as “miscellaneous” and following up on only a fraction of those cases.