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Homestead man faces 700 years for BP fraud

A Homestead man faces more than 700 years in prison now that a federal jury found him guilty of defrauding a now-shuttered BP claim center of $3 million.

Jean Mari Lindor, 32, was convicted Wednesday on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. He faces possible prison terms of up to 20 years on each of the 34 counts of mail fraud and wire fraud, up to 10 years imprisonment on the three counts of access device fraud as well as consecutive sentences of two years each on the two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Additionally, he faces fines of more than $8 million or $250,000 on each count as well as five years supervised release if he is ever released from prison, according to a Department of Justice press release.

U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore will sentence Lindor on July 30 in Miami.

Lindor submitted as many as 700 suspicious claims on behalf of low-income workers in South Florida who each paid him $300 to process their claims, according to court records. Many of the workers who allegedly filed with Lindor worked in Key Largo and Islamorada, records state.

U.S. Attorneys told jurors Lindor used ground mail and the Internet to submit required forms and other documents, which included false employment and tax documents, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege Lindor also filed a claim stating his hours at the Coalition of Florida Farm Workers Organizations were cut because of the spill.

The false claims were filed through the now-closed Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was formed by BP and the government after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The scheme was revealed by undercover FBI agents who infiltrated his Homestead company called Noula Inc., located at 233 SW Fourth St. in Homestead, according to court records.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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