The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice has charged eight people with filing fraudulent damages claims related to the BP Oil Spill. The article describes some of the indictments:

Among those charged were Cam T. Hang of Louisiana, who, according to the Justice Department, demanded $42,000 for business losses related to a restaurant that does not exist. A Michigan man, Kevin Hall, claimed he lost $9,000 at an ice cream stand in Pensacola, Fla., that, according to his indictment, is similarly mythical.

Good for DOJ. The fact that some people made false claims is perhaps the least surprising development of the entire saga. The same thing happened after Katrina.

Some of these claims sound like plot lines out of a Tim Dorsey novel. Doesn’t Serge A. Storms have to be in the middle of the oil spill grift?