Skip to comments.Boca Man Alleged to Have Shipped Spiny Lobster Illegally to China
Posted on 07/05/2014 4:44:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A 60-year-old Boca Raton man is facing federal charges of helping to pack, mark and ship Florida spiny lobster illegally to Hong Kong, the U.S. Attorneys Office said.
Eric Burman pleaded not guilty last week to the charges. If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, as well as a criminal fine of up to $250,000.
Through a Pompano Beach business he owns, Burman was engaged in the wholesale commercial seafood industry, including the export of live Florida spiny lobster to the seafood market in China, the U.S. Attorneys Office said. Spiny lobster is considered a delicacy that brings high prices in many Asian markets.
During August and September 2010, Burman is alleged to have bought spiny lobster from harvesters in Monroe County without providing proper documentation to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to documents made public this week.
The lobsters were then taken to his Pompano Beach site and a co-conspirator packaged, marked and shipped the lobster under the companys name to Hong Kong through Miami International Airport, the U.S. Attorneys Office said.
Meanwhile we are being invaded by tens of thousands of disease ridden illiterates — while the people who are supposed to be protecting America work towards its destruction.
Well, he will have an interesting response to the “what are you in here for” question when he gets to prison.
I’ve had no end of training on what you can and can’t ship to foreign countries. I had no idea that lobster would be on the list. The article doesn’t say what the reason is behind the law. Does anybody know?
This guy messed up. First you give to the Dems, like Loral did.
Burman is alleged to have bought spiny lobster from harvesters in Monroe County without providing proper documentation to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to documents made public this week.
These SOB's in government are really sticklers for paperwork. He should have told him he sent all his filled out forms to the IRS, who then digitized them and put them on the hard drive with Lerner's emails.
They send us electronics, we send them spiny lobsters.
Such laws are not based on reason. They are exercises in bureaucratic authority.
The NSA catalogs them all. Whenever Ubama needs an excuse to go after someone they provide him a list of crimes to choose from.
The lobsters didn’t have the right papers?
What a waste, Oh wait, isn’t this weekend the Lobster feed for the Customs folks?
Might stay a prison virgin if he just answers “crabs”.
Ha ha ha!
I have some tar and feathers to ship to Washington.
Or he sent all the paperwork to Angela Cory (Florida State Attorney) and she wants $100,000.00 to release them.
I would bet that somewhere down the line he was set up.
This smells exactly like the Gibson guitar raid, this guy is probably a GOP donor.
I have never eaten a spiny lobster. Maybe it is not in great demand in the states. Since the Chinese will eat any thing that swims, walks, slithers, flies etc., maybe that is his niche market. Since we are being flooded with Chinese goods, let’s make this a two way street. Of course that’s not the liberal goal.
Perhaps related to this.
Spiny Lobster Fishing Ban to Come into Effect 1 March
28 February 2013
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - In order to protect the species during its period of reproduction, the Dominican Republic has announced a ban on spiny lobster fishing from the 1 March to 30 June 2013.
The executive director of the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA), the Ministry of Agriculture, Francisco Frias, issued a notice notifing all involved in fishing and marketing, that during this period the capture, processing, possession of meat or mass marketing of any spiny lobster species is prohibited.
He reports that the ban was certified by the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), under Regulation OSP-02-09, for the regional management of the fishery of the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus).
Mr Frias warns every fisherman and / or owner of fishing boats to store all fishing gear used to catch lobster, including lobster traps and seines, out of the water.
A failure to comply with the ban will lead to a fine or imprisonment.
So, its a seasonal thingy?
They caught the lobsters out of season?
Sorry, I am 2.3 sheets to the winds..
I await comments from LEonn Panetta, John sKerry and Ted Danson.
I have been making that point for some time as well.
If you take all the laws that are currently active (whether enforced or not) I have long believed that most people are in violation of the law nearly all the time.
If you read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago” it is easy to see that is what the Soviet state did. And they did it intentionally.
Even the MOST federally-minded of the Founding Fathers would be stunned and horrified at what government is today. That is our biggest problem.
Liberalism and its tenets act as barnacles on the hull of personal freedom.
Undocumented lobsters: if he had shipped Mexicans to Hong Kong in a box, no problem.
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