Two Ohio brothers fined $20,000 for buying fish caught illegally in Md.


A federal judge in Baltimore has fined two Ohio brothers $20,000 for buying 1,400 pounds of yellow perch that were illegally caught in Maryland waters, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis also sentenced Anthony DeMore, 59, to three months' home detention and two years' probation and Terry DeMore, 56, to two years' probation. Both men live in Sandusky, Ohio, where they operated the now-defunct DeMore's Lake Fish Co.

The brothers forfeited to the government the 1988 Ford truck they used to transport the fish from Maryland to Ohio, and the $2,444.75 they paid for the yellow perch, the U.S. attorney's office said.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the DeMores acknowledged buying yellow perch that were illegally caught by net in February 1997 from waters of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County. The fishery closes during February, which is the spawning season for yellow perch in Maryland.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Ohio Wildlife Division.

Pub Date: 5/11/99

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