Seafood processor arrested for falsifying records

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Associated Press

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Slidell seafood processor has been charged with not reporting thousands of pounds of seafood his business bought.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Gary M. Bauer, the 54-year-old owner of Pontchartrain Blue Crab, was arrested for filing false public records and injuring public records.

The agency says an inspection of purchase records showed Pontchartrain Blue Crab failed to report the purchase of 170,215 pounds of blue crab and 104,489 pounds of shrimp between January 2010 and July 2011. The company allegedly failed to report lesser amounts of soft shell crab, sheepshead, flounder and black drum.

Bauer turned himself in on Oct. 26.

He faces jail time and fines.

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