The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Law Enforcement announced this week that a Washington state man, Kevin D. Steele, has been fined $160,000 and sentenced to 30 days in jail for intentionally mislabeling 136,000 pounds of turbot from China as much higher priced U.S. halibut. This is one of the strongest sentences ever imposed for this type of violation.
“False labeling is theft, plain and simple,” said Vicki Nomura, special agent in charge of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement in the northwest region.
Steele pleaded guilty last November to federal felony charges and misdemeanor violations, and was sentenced April 24. In addition to the fine and imprisonment, Steele will be placed under court supervision for five years.
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