Area Man Pleads Guilty To Oil Spill Fraud

Arturo L. Molina, 35, pleded guilty Wednesday to filing the claims of losses of earnings of $19,800 from a construction company in Okaloosa County.

In support of his false claim, Molina provided documents to the Compensation Fund. His included what purported to be valid paychecks, a 2010 Federal Income Tax Return and several Social Security numbers, none of which were connect with him.

Based on the false claims, the Gulf Coast Compensation fund initially paid Molina $13,900. He was eventually interviewed by investigators regarding his oil spill loss claims and said he was paid only in cash, which contradicted his earlier documentation of being paid only by check.

He conceded that he was not a legal resident of the United States and did not have a permit to lawfully work in this country. In reality, none of the paychecks submitted with Molina’s claim were ever actually issued to him.

The W-2 forms he submitted contained multiple social security numbers which were not his.

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida said sentencing for Molina is set before Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers on July 5, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Pensacola. Molina faces up to twenty years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine for this wire fraud conviction.