By Ben DiPietro
A New York-based fish company and two company executives pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to committing fraud, falsifying records and violating the Lacey Act.
Jones Inlet Seafood Co., the company’s president, Michael G. Mihale and company vice president Bruce Larson Jr. admitted they underreported the amount of summer flounder they caught between June 2009 and December 2011 by 56,000 pounds, the Department of Justice announced.
The company and the two men also pleaded guilty to falsifying federal documents and to knowingly using the false documents to ship fish to customers.
The company and the two defendants each face fines of between $222,000 and $276,000, the DOJ said. The company also agreed to increased recordkeeping and auditing requirements.