Bay fishing company owner sentenced

By Sandra Conchie

A Mount Maunganui fishing company owner who filed a series of bogus catch returns and false purchase invoices has been sentenced to 6-months community detention and fined $50,000.

Dalgon Kim, 57, the managing director of Poseidon Pacific Limited at the time of his offending between 2009 and 2010 was also sentenced to 400 hours community work in Tauranga District Court this afternoon.

Judge Peter Rollo earlier found Kim guilty of eight charges of filing false or incomplete catch landing returns and five charges of filing false purchase tax invoices, resulting in an estimated $97,500 accrued benefit to as result of the offending.

In February Judge Rollo ordered the forfeiture of the $300,000 fishing trawler Jay Debra 2099 to the Crown, as it was the main vessel involved in Kim's offending.

Judge Rollo took into account that Kim has since been declared bankrupt and is now looking for alternative work.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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