Woman Accused of Phony Oil Spill Clean-up Classes
A Mississippi woman is accused of posing as a federal worker and scamming nearly $216,000 by giving phony training classes to fishermen who wanted jobs cleaning up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
federal indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges that 46-year-old Connie M. Knight posed as the highest-ranking female trainer in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to defraud more than one-thousand people from August through December 2010.
She allegedly targeted people from Southeast Asia, many of whom could not read or speak English.
The twenty-two-count indictment also accuses her of creating false OSHA badges for four members of southeast Louisiana fishing communities whom she hired.
According to a news release, she was then living in Belle Chasse, but was arrested Wednesday at her current home in Wiggins, Miss.