Three Lafayette restaurant owners and employees were convicted Friday, Jan. 19 for buying illegal game fish from undercover Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents. The convictions bring to close a year-long investigation conducted by LDWF agents.
Zhou Zheng, 46, of Lafayette, was convicted of purchasing game fish, failing to maintain records and of buying fish from other than a wholesale/retail dealer. Zheng was ordered to pay court costs and $1,500 in fines to the LDWF Saltwater Enforcement Fund. He was also ordered to serve a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail. Zheng, the owner of Hot Wok in Lafayette, purchased 90 pounds of red drum at his restaurant from an undercover LDWF agent.
Chung Ling Bih, 48, of Lafayette, pleaded no contest to failing to report commercial fisheries data and failing to maintain commercial fishing records. Bih was ordered to pay court costs and $1,150 in fines to the LDWF Saltwater Enforcement Fund. Bih was also ordered to serve a suspended sentence of 210 days in the parish jail and was placed on six months probation. Bih, the manager at Shangri-La in Lafayette, purchased over 55 pounds of red drum and 14 pounds of spotted sea trout from undercover LDWF agents.
Jin Yun Ni, 38 of Lafayette, pleaded guilty to failing to report commercial fisheries data, and buying fish from other than a wholesale/retail dealer. Ni, the manager of Jumbo Buffet in Lafayette, purchased 15 pounds of spotted sea trout and 16 pounds of grouper and Vermillion snapper from an undercover LDWF agent. Ni was ordered to pay court costs plus $1,150 in fines to the LDWF Saltwater Enforcement Fund. She was further ordered to serve a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail and was placed on supervised probation for six months.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.