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Shrimper gets 6 years for fake claims of income loss

September 12, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia shrimper has been sentenced to roughly 6 years in prison for filing false claims of income loss from foreign competition.

The Savannah Morning News reported Monday that Michael Brian Anderson was sentenced in August. He was convicted in March of charges including money laundering. Anderson also was ordered to pay roughly $818,000 in restitution.

A release by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Georgia says Anderson submitted false claims for the federal reimbursement of losses due to foreign competition. Anderson received about $800,000, which he used to buy boats and real estate.

It says the court gave Anderson a longer sentence than recommended by guidelines because of aggravating factors including his perjury during trial.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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