Pasadena man sentenced for tampering with seafood

January 24, 1993|By Staff report

A 24-year-old Pasadena man who worked for a Jessup seafood dealer has been placed on probation for five years for helping his boss tamper with a competitor's crab meat in an effort to hurt the competitor's reputation.

Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered the term for Richard J. Borowski Jr. of the 8300 block of Oak Drive after learning in a brief hearing that this was Borowski's first offense.

According to court records, Borowski helped his boss, Edward L. Goodwin, owner of E. Goodwin and Sons Inc., mix low-grade crab meat into 150 pounds of top-quality back fin meat stored in a truck owned by Blue Crab Seafood Co.

William D. Roessler, deputy state's attorney, said Friday that Goodwin offered two drivers for Blue Crab $200 to allow him access to one of the company's trucks.

The drivers told Keith Hresko, Blue Crab's owner, who hired a private detective to photograph the men May 30, 1992, as they took the meat from one of Mr. Hresko's trucks and mixed it with low-grade crab meat, Mr. Roessler said.

The crab meat that had been tampered with never got to the restaurant where it was bound. Mr. Hresko disposed of all 300 pounds of crab meat in the truck, he said.

Borowski pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor theft charge Dec. 7.

Goodwin, 51, of Point Field Drive, Millersville, entered an Alford plea to theft Dec. 7, not admitting guilt, but acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

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