BATON ROUGE SEAFOOD DEALER AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMAN CHARGED WITH
While working under a Joint Enforcement Agreement between the Louisiana
Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administrationís Office for Enforcement, LDWF's Special
Investigative Unit made several arrests involving a scheme to illegally
sell recreationally caught fish to a commercial wholesale seafood dealer.
Alan P. Porche, 41, of Baton Rouge, manager of Gulf Island Shrimp and
Seafood LLC, and previous owner of Big River Seafood Inc., was arrested on
September 17 by enforcement agents for obstruction of justice, conspiracy
to obstruct justice, money laundering, forgery, filing/maintaining false
public records, injuring public records, felony theft, purchasing fish
from recreational fishermen, illegally selling recreationally caught fish,
failure to maintain records, failure to report commercial fishery
information and violating Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
rules and regulations. The maximum penalties for these violations exceed
$50,000 in fines and 20 years imprisonment at hard labor.
The alleged offenses against Porche result from an elaborate scheme of
fraudulent financial transactions involving proceeds derived from
illegally purchased red snapper, cobia, reef fish and other managed fish
caught and sold by recreational fishermen. Proceeds in the scheme were
derived from allegedly committing forgery and falsifying records designed
to generate money, conceal and disguise the nature and source of the
purchases and avoid reporting requirements that provide management
guidelines to conserve the resources.
Also arrested in connection with the alleged scheme were two recreational
fishermen. John P. Hagmann, 42, of Prairieville was booked into East Baton
Rouge Parish Prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of
justice, failure to maintain records, selling fish without commercial
fishing licenses, selling fish caught recreationally and failing to abide
by LWFC rules and regulations. Hagmann also faces fines of up to $50,000
and 20 years imprisonment at hard labor.
George H. Donaldson Jr., 36, of St. Amant was arrested and booked with
selling fish without commercial licenses, selling fish caught
recreationally, failure to maintain records and violating commission rules
and regulations. The fines for these violations can add up to $1,000 and a
Other recreational fishermen are also involved in the investigation and
will be processed in the near future.
"This case identifies the type of activity that can not be tolerated if we
are to conserve our fisheries resources for future generations," said LDWF
Enforcement Division administrator Colonel Winton Vidrine. "This case also
highlights the positive impact state and federal partnerships can have
when teamed together to achieve a common goal."
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Jay Diez, Sr. Agents Billy
Gomillion, Buck Hampton and Cadet Joel Cromp.
For more information, contact Maj. Jeff Mayne at 225/765-2345
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