Oct. 29, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested Gary M. Bauer, owner of Pontchartrain Blue Crab, for filing false public records and injuring public records in accordance with an arrest warrant issued by East Baton Rouge Parish.
Agents conducted an inspection of purchase records of commercial fish by Ponchartrain Blue Crab from commercial fishermen. During the inspection, agents determined that Pontchartrain Blue Crab failed to report to the LDWF, by way of the trip ticket system, the purchase of 170,215 pounds of blue crab, 104,489 pounds of shrimp, 8,564 soft shell crab, 2,122 pounds of sheepshead, 5 pounds of flounder, and 113 pounds of black drum from January 2010 through July 2011.
An arrest warrant was obtained by agents in East Baton Rouge Parish on Oct. 25 for the owner of Pontchartrain Blue Crab, Gary M. Bauer, 54, of Slidell for 18 counts of filing false public records and 18 counts of injuring public records. Bauer was notified of the warrants and turned himself into agents on Oct. 26.
LDWF routinely reviews every trip ticket received from the commercial fishing industry to ensure that the most accurate data are collected and properly reflect the important role the state of Louisiana plays in the production of seafood and the management of the state's seafood resources.
Filing false public records and injuring public records each brings up to five years with or without hard labor or up to a $5,000 fine for each count.
Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Robert Turner, Louis Burnett, and Edward Ridgel. The investigation for this case is ongoing.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.