D.C. wholesaler, two buyers indicted in bay poaching case

December 09, 2009|By Sports Digest

A Washington fish wholesaler and two of its buyers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Greenbelt for their alleged roles in the largest striped bass poaching case in Chesapeake Bay history. Ocean Pro Ltd., also known as Profish, and Timothy Lydon of Bethesda and Benjamin Clough of Grasonville have been charged in federal district court with purchasing illegally caught striped bass from the Maryland and Virginia portions of the Potomac River from 1995 through 2007. The company and men are accused of violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits the transportation, sale or purchase of fish and wildlife harvested illegally. The maximum penalty for individuals is five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; corporations face a maximum fine of $500,000.

- Mike Klingaman

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