- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Three people who ran an oyster harvesting company have been sentenced for falsifying records to hide their over-harvesting of the shellfish from the Delaware Bay.

Todd, Thomas and Renee Reeves of Port Norris were sentenced Wednesday in Camden to sentences ranging from five years’ probation for Renee Reeves to 16 months in prison for Thomas Reeves and 26 months for Todd Reeves.

They were convicted in 2012 of creating false records, trafficking in illegally possessed oysters, obstruction and conspiracy.

A fourth person, Kenneth Bailey of Heislerville, was sentenced to six months in prison.

Authorities contend the Reeves’ company, Shellrock, over-harvested oysters worth more than $750,000 over a four-year period.

Federal and state health agencies require oyster buyers and sellers to maintain accurate records in order to protect public health.

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