MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge in Mobile sentenced a former seafood company executive to 13 months in prison for his role in a fraud involving mislabeled fish.

John J. Popa of Lisbon, Conn., was the last of three defendants to be sentenced in U.S. District Court.

Judge Ginny Granade noted Popa’s assistance to investigators and recommended that he be placed in a prison equipped to deal with his health problems.

Popa was vice president of a Pensacola, Fla. wholesale operation which sold fish to restaurants and stores along the Gulf Coast. He pleaded guilty in September, admitting that he passed off imports of sutchi, swai and basa as grouper and other more expensive seafood.

Popa also admitted the he instructed employees to change the harvest dates of expired oysters purchased from suppliers.
Information from: Press-Register,

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