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Nov 2, 2012 3:54 AM by AP/CS

Feds: Businessman accused of fraud after BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana businessman faces a federal wire fraud charge for allegedly seeking to get BP PLC to pay him $1.4 million for supplying a helicopter that the oil giant did not ask for during its response to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal prosecutors filed a bill of information Thursday against Bay E. Ingram, 50, of Covington charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Ingram's company, the Southeast Recovery Group, stationed a helicopter at the Hopedale marina in St. Bernard Parish between June and November 2010. The marina was serving as a BP disaster response center. But Letten said the Southeast Recovery Group never had an agreement with BP to supply the helicopter after June 15, 2010.

Messages left for Ingram's attorney, Christopher Beary, were not immediately answered.

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