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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Go to Jail for Selling a short Lobster tail

Wacky government regulations are being used by bureaucrats to terrorize small business owners. Karen Stealey from "My Business Magazine" reports:

It sounds like a fish tale, but two small-business owners, Bob Blandford and Abner Schoenwetter, are doing hard time – eight years and one month – in the federal penitentiary. Their crime? Importing the wrong size lobster tails in the wrong containers. Another small-business co-defendant is serving her own sentence: Diane Huang, a mother of two children ages 6 and 10, started her two-year stint in a prison in July.

John Rapanos -- a Michigan small-business owner -- faces 56 months in jail for filling in wetlands. But as Rapanos points out, the closest navigable water source is literally miles away. Charlie Johnson, a cranberry farmer in Carver, Mass., is also accused of filling in wetlands -- the same “wetlands” he’s farmed since 1958.
On Thin Ice [mybusinessmag.com]

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