NOAA looks to keep Codfather out of business, issue fines

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Carlos Rafael talks on the phone at Homer's Wharf near his herring boat F/V Voyager in New Bedford, Mass. The federal government is trying to keep Rafael, known as the Codfather, out of the seafood business.  Rafael was sentenced in 2017 to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.
Carlos Rafael at Homer's Wharf in New Bedford in 2014. The federal government is trying to keep Carlos Rafael, known as the Codfather, out of the seafood business. –John Sladewski / AP

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is trying to keep the disgraced fishing magnate known as the Codfather out of the seafood business.

Carlos Rafael was sentenced last year to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they filed a charging document against Rafael, two of his scallop boat captains and 28 businesses related to Rafael on Wednesday.

A NOAA spokeswoman says the case seeks to deny any future applications by Rafael for any permit issued by the agency.

It also seeks nearly $1 million in civil penalties. The agency also hopes to revoke a seafood dealer permit issued to Carlos Seafood in New Bedford and 38 commercial fishing permits.

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