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March 2, 2013

Update: Man pardoned by Obama tied to '80s fishing scam

A former Gloucester fishing company executive tied to a 1980s scandal that reportedly defrauded the federal governent is among 17 people who have receiving pardons from President Barack Obama.

James Anthony Bordinaro of Gloucester is one of 13 convicted non-violent felons who were granted presidential pardons by Obama on Friday, with others gaining pardons from crimes ranging from drug offenses to the defrauding of a cable TV provider in North Carolina.

Bordinaro, who had been general manager of Gloucester's Empire Fish, served 12 months in prison and paid a $55,000 fine for a scheme to illegally launder Canadian fish.Bordinaro was among roughly a half dozen New England fishing industry executives who pleaded guilty to such scams, according to a 1991 report. All were charged with falsifying documents in their contracts with the Department of Defense certifying that Canadian fish were caught by U.S. fishermen in U.S. waters, a requirement of government contracts.

The White House announcement said Bordinaro's sentence had come through a conspiracy to restrain, suppress and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act and conspiracy to submit false statements. The Sherman Act prohibits certain business activities that federal regulators deem anticompetitive, and is basis for most antitrust litigation by the federal government

Bordinaro could not be reached for contact Friday or early today.

The White House offered no details on why these particular people were selected by Obama.

For more on this story, look to Monday's print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

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