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Gloucester man pardoned by President Obama for 1991 fish scandal

Posted by Your Town  March 2, 2013 07:45 AM

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A Gloucester man implicated in a decades-old fish brokering scam was one of 17 people granted pardons by President Obama Friday, according to the White House and the Wall Street Journal.

James Anthony Bordinaro, who had been charged with conspiracy to restrain, suppress, and eliminate competition and with conspiracy to submit false statements, was pardoned by the president, according to the White House. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine.

The Wall Street Journal described Bordinaro as a "fish broker who pleaded guilty to passing off Canadian fish as American catch as part of a bid-rigging scandal that roiled the Northeast fishing industry in the 1990s.''

A description of the case can be found at the Leagle.com site.

The New York Times reported that Obama has granted relatively few pardons, when compared with his predecessors.

“As he has in past years, the president granted these individuals clemency because they have demonstrated genuine remorse and a strong commitment to being law-abiding, productive citizens and active members of their communities,” said Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman, according to the Times.

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