TAMPA — After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP's claim fund paid Brandon D. Anderson $29,400 for lost wages at Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans.
He had never worked at Commander's Palace. He lived in Tampa and then Apollo Beach. And he had applied using someone else's Social Security number, court records state, because a prior attempt was declined.
Anderson, 32, must now serve three years in prison. He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. after pleading guilty earlier this year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Moody also ordered Anderson to pay back the money.