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Fishermen indicted in illegal harvest

Four fishermen allegedly caught striped bass from Chesapeake Bay, sold them out of state

By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun

8:19 PM EST, November 21, 2013

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Four commercial fishermen were indicted by a federal grand jury after harvesting and selling striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Department of Justice.

Four commercial fishermen were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday after harvesting and selling striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Michael D. Hayden, Jr., William J. Lednum, Kent Sadler and Daniel Murphy carried out a multi-year conspiracy in which they harvested tens of thousands of pounds of striped bass on the Bay, according to court documents.

The men are also charged with falsifying state documents and selling the fish on an interstate market, the Department of Justice release said.

The 26-count indictment charged the men with conspiracy, which carries possible jail time of five years. Hayden, who was previously charged with witness intimidation and retaliation.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are handling the investigation, according to the Department of Justice.

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