Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Litigation/Courts: Louisiana Woman Indicted For Impersonating Inspector

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Explore:  Fraud Gulf Oil Spill OSHA

A Mississippi woman allegedly seeking to fraudulently exploit the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster for personal gain was indicted in New Orleans in September. Connie M. Knight, 46, was charged with impersonating an OSHA inspector and trainer, creating and possessing false federal identification papers, and transferring false documents to employees. A former Louisiana resident, Knight is alleged to have defrauded more than a thousand individuals in the state, mostly immigrants from Southeast Asia, over a five-month period in 2010 by convincing them to attend her hazardous waste training courses so they could legally do cleanup work. If convicted on all 22 counts, she could spend the rest of her life in prison and owe millions in fines.