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    An FBI press release today, July 3, 2013, reports that 3 more people have been charged with trying to illegally take money from the BP Oil Spillrecovery fund. This brings the total to eight charged for this scheme. The first 5 have pled guilty earlier. The USAO reports that Jeremy Jamal Bell, 24; Anthony Keith Bivins, 42, both of Birmingham; and Cametrica L. Menifield, 31, of Bessemer, are charged with conspiring in 2011 to participate in a scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. These three defendants, together received $138,881 from the BP oil spill claims funds.

    All three defendants have signed plea agreements with the government expressing their intention to plead guilty to the charges.

    Bell, Bivins, and Menifield are each charged with independently agreeing to provide personal information, such as Social Security numbers and bank account information, to individuals who recruited them so that they could use the information to file fraudulent claims for lost wages with the GCCF. The recruiters are not named in the charging documents. After the fraudulent claims were paid to Bell, Bivins, and Menifield, each of them returned part of the money to the individuals who recruited them to participate in the scheme, according to the informations and plea agreements. (FBI press release)

    Bell, Bivins and Menifield are each charged with independently agreeing to provide personal information, such as Social Security numbers and ba...

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