LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. – A grand jury has indicted an Arkansas woman by creating a fake will for a Deepwater Horizon oil explosion survivor who was later killed in a car accident, so her daughter would inherit a million dollar estate.
Donna Herring was indicted on suspicion of money laundering, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The indictment was unsealed earlier this month, and first reported on Tuesday by the Texarkana Gazette.
At issue is the estate of Matthew Seth Jacobs, who survived the 2010 explosion, death of 11 people, but died in 2015 in a car accident. Court records say Jacobs had amassed “a considerable amount of wealth” in branches about the explosion. Herring’s daughter had once dated him.
Herring has pleaded not guilty. Her lawyer not immediately return a message seeking comment on Tuesday.