Slidell seafood processor arrested for falsifying records

SLIDELL (AP) — A Slidell seafood processor has been charged with not reporting thousands of pounds of seafood his business

bought.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Gary M. Bauer, the 54-year-old owner of Pontchartrain Blue Crab, was

arrested for filing false public records and injuring public records.

The agency says an inspection of purchase

records showed Pontchartrain Blue Crab failed to report the purchase of

170,215

pounds of blue crab and 104,489 pounds of shrimp between January

2010 and July 2011. The company allegedly failed to report

lesser amounts of soft shell crab, sheepshead, flounder and black

drum.

Bauer turned himself in on Oct. 26.

He faces jail time and fines.