Fishing Boat Engineer Pleads Guilty In $24M Pollution Case

Law360, New York (April 17, 2012, 7:13 PM ET) — The former chief engineer of a Sanford Ltd. tuna fishing vessel connected to $24 million worth of alleged illegal pollution activity pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to falsifying records and lying to investigators, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rolando Ong Vano copped to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships by altering the ship’s oil record book and lying to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, admitting in the plea agreement that it was routine practice to discharge “oily bilge waste” from the vessel…

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