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Alabama woman pleads not guilty to 95 felony charges in BP claims fraud case


GULFPORT, Mississippi — The last of seven defendants in a BP claims fraud case, 33-year-old Thi Houng Le, has pleaded not guilty to 95 felony charges.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1MTPXaR) Le was represented in U.S. District Court on Monday by Public Defender John Weber because, she said, she could not afford an attorney. Weber said he has been representing the Grand Bay, Alabama, resident for two years.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker released Le on an unsecured bond of $25,000.

All seven defendants are scheduled to be tried together in the court term beginning Dec. 7.

The government alleges the seven defendants, including San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts, conspired to submit fraudulent claims over the BP oil catastrophe in April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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