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Lobster Wholesaler Embezzlement Goes Federal

In the world of lobster wholesaling, there are winners, losers, and the potential for major corporate espionage. Even in a place like Maine.

Take the Sea Salt lobster company out of Saco, Maine. It's alleged in a partner v. partner lawsuit that the newbie partner formed his own shell company, created over a million in fake lobster sales, then sold the lobsters that were fake-sold via his shell company. Not particularly the snappiest of ideas as he got caught by his partners and ended up confessing to them.

Finding Its Way to Federal

The matter between the partners was initially filed in state court, however, after more was discovered and several new claims and out of state parties were added, the matter was moved into federal court. The new, embezzling Sea Salt partner is alleged to have been working with another lobster seller in Portland, Maine. The Portland seller basically received his inventory for free and split the profits.

Curiously, UPS (yes the delivery company) was added to the lawsuit, along with RICO allegations. The lawsuit claims that the delivery company should have known that its store was being used as the location of the hustle by virtue of the fact that the Portland seller worked at a UPS store (clearly, they do do everything there).

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