Shrimp company owner gets probation

Published 4:30 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The owner of a Mississippi shrimp packing company who pleaded guilty to making a false claim for federal aid has been sentenced to two years of probation.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans also on Tuesday ordered Earl Fayard Jr. to pay a $2,000 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

The 59-year-old resident of Ocean Springs, Miss., owned and operated Ocean Springs Seafood Market. In January, he pleaded guilty to making a false claim with the U. S. Customs and Border Protection, which distributes funds to U.S. seafood producers competing with foreign imports.

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