September 20, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California fisherman has pleaded guilty to catching and selling illegally undersized leopard sharks.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Dean Tuan Trinh pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy, fraud and violation of environmental laws. It's illegal to keep leopard sharks caught in the San Francisco Bay that are smaller than 3-feet long.
Trinh admitted to using his boat "Shark Hunter" to catch sharks smaller than that and then selling them to customers in Canada and Florida. He falsely told his customers and declared on government forms that the sharks were the proper length.
Trinh also purchased 74 undersized shark pups from a Florida source and reselling them through his Aquatop USA company.
Trinh faces five years in prison when sentenced in November.
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