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Texas Lawyers Sued for Allegedly Bankrolling BP Spill Scam

  • Hilliard, Cracken sued by shrimper over allegedly faked IDs
  • Hilliard calls lawsuit `careless use of the legal system'
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Two high-profile Texas attorneys were sued by a fishing boat captain who said they were involved in a scam to cheat BP Plc out of millions of dollars with false compensation claims for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The captain is one of thousands of Vietnamese-American fishermen and women who had their identities faked or stolen in the fraud, bankrolled by Bob Hilliard and John Cracken, Houston lawyer Tammy Tran said in a complaint Thursday. They blame the lawyers in part for obstructing their efforts to pursue their own claims for payments under BP’s restitution program.