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Old 07-05-2005, 09:56 AM
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Default INDICTMENTS FILED AGAINST LAKE ERIE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

INDICTMENTS FILED AGAINST LAKE ERIE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN
Fourteen individuals and five businesses charged with racketeering, money laundering
Felony indictments were filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against 14 individuals and five businesses associated with Ohio?s commercial fishing industry.
The licensed commercial fishermen and fish wholesale businesses involved allegedly took more yellow perch from Lake Erie than their quotas allowed, filed false reports, and sold unreported yellow perch. Each defendant could face up to 10 years in prison, plus a $25,000 fine if convicted of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity - a first-degree felony and the most serious of the charges involved.
Since 1996, Lake Erie?s yellow perch have been managed through a quota system. Quotas are set in order to balance Ohio?s share of the lake?s yellow perch harvest between sport anglers and commercial fishermen. Commercial fishermen are required to keep accurate and legible catch reports and to stay within their licensed yellow perch quota in a given year. Safe harvest levels of yellow perch are determined by fisheries biologists to maintain healthy fish populations and provide quality fishing opportunities on Lake Erie.
Lake Erie?s yellow perch fishery is cooperatively managed by five agencies: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
A list of individuals and businesses charged follows:
Richard Stinson, 41, Castalia - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Orville Stinson, 66, of Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Lori Colvin, 41, Oak Harbor - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Billy Mitchell, 48, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Michael Maloney, 25, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Mark Mitchell, 31, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Joseph Smith, 36, Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Elizabeth Smith, 43, Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Roy Greene, 45, Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), and tampering with records (1 count)
Darlene Ernande, 44, Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Vito Ernande, 47, Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Gary Rowan, 54, Painsville - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Dale Trent Jr., 43, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Craig Carr, 39, Oak Harbor - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Port Clinton Fish, Inc, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Smith Fisheries, Inc., Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Westwater Fisheries, Inc., Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
State Fish, Inc., Cleveland - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Lake Fish, Inc., Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)

2005 ODNR, Division of Wildlife
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