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The truck used by Michael's Wholesale Bait to transport fish.
Credit: USFWS

Two Massachusetts men plead guilty to fish and wildlife crimes

Two West Springfield businessmen were convicted Friday of dealing in live freshwater fish without the required Massachusetts state permits. Paul Zombik and his father Michael Zombik pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to importing live bait and game fish into Massachusetts in violation of state law and then selling the fish in interstate commerce, all in violation of the federal Lacey Act. The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Regan of Ortiz’s Springfield Office.


Published on: Tuesday, November 06,2012

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