Shellfish scheme: Oahu man causes 50K lbs of lobster to be sent to China

Shellfish scheme: Oahu man causes 50K lbs of lobster to be sent to China

PORTLAND, MAINE (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case involving thousands of dollars – and thousands of pounds – worth of Maine Lobster.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said 46-year-old Jonathan Cowles admitted to wiring over $25,000 in unearned commissions from his former employer Maine Coast Shellfish, LLC.

His shellfish scheme caused the Maine-based company to ship roughly 50,000 lbs of lobster to an unnamed customer in China.

The value of 50,000 lbs of the delicious crustaceans? $360,000 (money that was not paid, and considered a loss for the company).

The wire fraud took place between March and June 2014.

Cowles, a former Massachusetts resident living in Honolulu, now faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He's also agreed to pay the company $360,000 in restitution.

FBI investigators worked alongside the York Police Department in the investigation.

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