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Date: 05-15-2018

Case Style:

United States of America v. Shell Beach Seafood Co., LLC

Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

Case Number: 2:18-cr-00061-EEF-JVM

Judge: Eldon E. Fallon

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Orleans Parish)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Sharan E. Lieberman

Defendant's Attorney: Brian Capitelli

Description: New Orleans, LA - Seafood Company Pleads Guilty to Illegal Sale of Blue Crabs

SHELL BEACH SEAFOOD CO., LLC (“SHELL BEACH SEAFOOD”), a company based in St. Bernard, Louisiana, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information for the illegal sale of blue crabs, in violation of the Lacey Act.

According to the Information, from on or about May 1, 2012 through March 30, 2013, SHELL BEACH SEAFOOD, did knowingly sell and transport blue crabs in interstate commerce with a market value in excess of $350 when, in the exercise of due care, SHELL BEACH SEAFOOD should have known that said blue crabs were acquired and possessed in violation of and in a manner unlawful under the laws of the State of Louisiana, specifically Louisiana Revised Statutes, R.S. 56:306.4, R.S. 56:306.5, and R.S. 56:306.6.

SHELL BEACH SEAFOOD faces a maximum fine of not more than $200,000, and a special assessment of $125.

Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for August 16, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon.

The case was investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Outcome: Guilty

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