Tuna Co. Convicted Of Bilge Waste Fraud Faces $3M Fine

Law360, New York (August 16, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT) -- New Zealand fishing company Sanford Ltd. faces a $3 million fine after a Washington federal jury on Wednesday convicted it of falsifying records tracking how one of its ships was managing its bilge waste and falsely stating that required pollution prevention equipment had been used when it had not.

The U.S. Department of Justice had alleged a conspiracy in which the crew of one of the company’s tuna fishing ships routinely discharged oily bilge waste from the vessel directly into the sea during its fishing voyages...
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