- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The company involved in a Depoe Bay fishing license scam has been sentenced to refund customers and pay state agencies almost $100,000 in restitution.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1WUWzXk) Tradewinds of Depoe Bay, Inc. pleaded guilty to felony racketeering. Owners Timothy and Julie Harmon pleaded guilty alongside their daughter Eva to violating a state wildlife law.

An Oregon State Police news release says the Harmons have agreed to sell the company and permanently leave Oregon’s fishing charter industry.

Both parents have to pay $3,500 in court fines. Their daughter is required to pay $3,000.

Investigators found the company pocketed money from selling thousands of fishing licenses at $16.75 each.

Customers who were given receipts instead of a daily angling license can contact the Lincoln County District Attorney Victim’s Assistance Department.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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