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Long Island fisherman heading to prison for scheme to underreport fishing catch


CENTRAL ISLIP, New York — A commercial fisherman from Long Island who pleaded guilty to underreporting his fishing catch to take more than $600,000 in illegal fluke is heading to prison.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1leN34m ) 51-year-old Anthony Joseph was sentenced to seven months behind bars and ordered to pay $603,000 in restitution.

The Levittown man pleaded guilty last year to fraud and falsification of federal records for knowingly submitting false fishing logs that understated his fluke harvest by 310,000 pounds. Prosecutors accused Joseph of conspiring with a fish dealer and falsifying reports to hide the scheme from federal regulators.

Joseph's attorney, Chad Seigel, says his client expressed remorse before his sentencing and said his actions were a "one-time event."

Joseph will surrender to serve his sentence on Feb. 1.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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