PHOTO: MPI fisheries
The owners of Hawke’s Bay Seafoods, sentenced this year for fisheries offences, have had $4.1 million in properties and $26,000 cash returned to them, five years after they were seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
In February, Antonino (Nino), Giancarlo (Joe) and Marcus D’Espositio were sentenced in the High Court after pleading guilty to 85 fisheries charges. Also sentenced were their companies Esplanade No.3 Ltd, Ocean Enterprises Ltd and Hawke’s Bay Seafoods.
The charges related to landings of fish to New Zealand and their export to Australia between November 2012 and July 2014 where the amounts of bluenose were under-reported before export.
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