‘The Cod­fa­ther’ pleads guilty to evad­ing U.S. fish­ing quo­tas

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A U.S. fish­ing mag- BOS­TON — nate known as “The Cod­fa­ther” pleaded guilty Thurs­day to fed­eral charges of evad­ing fish­ing quo­tas and smug­gling money to Por­tu­gal. Car­los Rafael changed his

plea to guilty dur­ing a hear- ing in fed­eral court in Bos­ton. Rafael is the owner of one of the na­tion’s largest com­mer­cial fish­ing op­er­a­tions.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties say Rafael falsely claimed his ves­sels caught had­dock or pol­lock, when they had ac­tu­ally caught

other species sub­ject to stricter quo­tas. He then sold the fish, some of which was smug­gled over­seas for cash.

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