A Covington businessman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a plot in which he fraudulently billed BP for roughly $1.4 million for use of a helicopter after the company's huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bay Ingram, who owned Southeast Recovery Group, had faced a maximum of five years in prison following his guilty plea last year to a conspiracy charge. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance imposed his sentence Wednesday.
Ingram billed BP for a helicopter that the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office was supposed to use after the spill. Federal prosecutors say he forged documents to justify inflated invoices he submitted to the company.
Ingram also allegedly billed BP more than $300,000 for the construction of five helipads that only cost around $110,000.