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July 19, 2016

In the News Today – July 19, 2016

Watts, Six Co-Defendants, Facing 73 Charges in Criminal Trial over Alleged Fraud in Gulf Oil Spill Claims: On the first day of their criminal trial, Texas plaintiffs’ attorney Mikal Watts and six co-defendants had their indictment reduced to 73 charges from the original 95. They are facing “accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims” after the Gulf Oil Spill. The judge in the case said that the charges that were dropped “appeared to be the same alleged offenses as the indictment’s 22 counts of aggravated identity theft.” The judge also said he expects the trial to take six to ten weeks. (Houston Chronicle

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