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BP Oil Spill Fraudster gets 57 months in prison!

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“The consequences of a lost chance rarely close the doors to future choice. But they narrow them to alternatives that are all relatively unfavorable in comparison with earlier possibilities. ” Sidney Hook

     I don’t know if you guys have been paying attention to the recent posts, if so, you may have noticed the prison time for some of these scams have increased dramatically in comparison to the money that’s involved in the crime. What I’m seeing is, the money involved isn’t really the sentencing factor in some of these cases as the particular crime that are being committed.

In this case, our CrimeDiva today is, Connie M. Knight, 47, of New Orleans. Ms. Knight had a company that provided hazardous waste safety training during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the records, the training program should have provided six-days of classroom training and three-days of in the field training. In most cases, the training only lasted a total of two hours. Ms. Knight was charging program participants anywhere from $150 – $300. There were over 950 individuals that took the course, who were therefore poorly trained workers and who could expose both themselves and the public to hazardous waste that was improperly handled or cleaned up.

The judge obviously felt this was serious enough to punish her to 57 months in prison (4 years and 10 months), and she was ordered to pay $23,500 in restitution back to the victims.

I don’t know if Ms. Knight had a disregard for the importance of the training she provided, or if this was a get rich quick scam.  Regardless, I hope that others will pay attention to the prison time that is being given out for not following the rules and regulations.

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