Levittown - (WALK) A Long Island Commercial fisherman faces fines and more than two years behind bars after admitting his role in a conspiracy to underreport the amount of fluke harvested from local waters, valued at more than $632,000.
Anthony Joseph, 50, of Levittown, pleaded guilty at federal court Friday to four criminal counts connected with the scheme, conducted between 2009 and 2011. Joseph took about 310,000 pounds above the legal fluke haul, said prosecutors.
Under terms of a plea bargain, the Department of Justice recommends Joseph be sentenced to a maximum of 33 months in prison, pay restitution of more than $600,000, and be fined $250,000 for each of four felony counts. Joseph reportedly faces up to 20 years for each count of mail fraud, wire fraud, and of falsifying federal records. Joseph is scheduled to be sentenced on October 7.
A fellow-conspirator, Charles Wertz, of East Meadow, was convicted earlier and was scheduled to begin a sentence of 366 days in February.
Photo: Lou Sander