Woman pleads guilty to illegally selling shark fins at her Portland market | KATU

by KATU StaffTuesday, June 23rd 2020

Oregon State Police say Agnes Yu sold dried shark fin at Wing Ming Herbs. (Photo: Oregon State Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Happy Valley woman pleaded guilty to illegal selling shark fin at a Portland Market back in 2018.

On June 4, 52-year-old Agnes Yu pleaded guilty to one count of possessing, selling, or trading shark fin, after selling dried shark fin through Wing Ming Herbs, a specialty food store in southeast Portland that she and her husband own.

In 2011, Oregon lawmakers passed a law prohibiting people from possessing and selling shark fins.

Investigators said an anonymous source had approached Oregon State Fish and Wildlife Troopers and said they had heard Wing Ming Herbs was selling shark fin.null

That person became an undercover informant for investigators.

On January 23, 2018, the informant was able to record the purchase of six packages of dried, processed shark fin from Yu.

Yu was not cited for the offense until September of 2019 due to a separate investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Shark fin is a delicacy in some cultures and broth made with the fin is traditional fare for weddings and other occasions. Large single fins are most prized, with trimmings from those fins creating a lesser product.

DNA testing of the dried fins from Wing Ming Herbs returned trimmings from five shark species: Blue shark, black-nose shark, Caribbean sharp-nosed shark, small tail shark and small eye hammerhead shark.

Yu was sentenced to 12 months bench probation, $1,000 in fines and $360 in restitutions for the Class A Misdemeanor.

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Brooklyn man arrested for hoarding masks, coughing on FBI agents

 

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Brooklyn man arrested for hoarding masks, coughing on FBI agents

By Carl Campanile 4 minutes


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March 30, 2020 | 9:31pm

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The scene where 80,000 N95 face masks were confiscated during an FBI raid at a warehouse in New Jersey. Christopher Sadowski

The scene where 80,000 N95 face masks were confiscated during an FBI raid at a warehouse in New Jersey. Christopher Sadowski

The scene where 80,000 N95 face masks were confiscated during an FBI raid at a warehouse in New Jersey. Christopher Sadowski

The scene where 80,000 N95 face masks were confiscated during an FBI raid at a warehouse in New Jersey. Christopher Sadowski

The scene where 80,000 N95 face masks were confiscated during an FBI raid at a warehouse in New Jersey. Christopher Sadowski

A Brooklyn man claiming to be infected with the coronavirus coughed on FBI agents who were investigating him for hoarding medical supplies, the US Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Baruch Feldheim, 43, is facing charges of assault and making false statements to the feds on Sunday outside his Borough Park home where he allegedly peddled and stored massive amounts of N95 respirator masks, federal officials said.

Feldheim is also accused of price-gouging. On March 18, he’s suspected of selling a New Jersey doctor about 1,000 of the masks for $12,000, a markup of roughly 700 percent, authorities said.

The accused fraudster also directed another doctor to an Irvington, NJ, auto repair shop to pick up another order. There, the doctor reported to investigators that Feldheim was allegedly hoarding enough medical supplies “to outfit an entire hospital.”

The materials included hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, chemical cleaning agents and surgical supplies.

By last Monday, Feldheim was operating from his Brooklyn home, offering to push surgical gowns to a nurse, the feds said.

Two days later, the suspected hoarder received a gigantic shipment at his home of about eight pallets of face masks.

FBI agents then staked out his house, first noticing empty boxes of N95 masks outside.

On Sunday, they said they witnessed “multiple instances” of people approaching Feldheim’s residence and walking away with what appeared to be medical supplies.

The agents confronted Feldheim outside his house, keeping a safe social distance over coronavirus fears.

“When the agents were within four to five feet of him, Feldheim allegedly coughed in their direction without covering his mouth,” the US attorney’s release said. “At that point, Feldheim told the FBI agents that that he had the Coronavirus,” the statement said.

Feldheim then allegedly lied to FBI agents regarding his possession and sale of medical supplies.

He falsely told the agents that he worked for a company that bought and sold PPE and that he never took physical custody of the materials.

Following Feldheim’s arrest, the FBI on Monday night raided a warehouse on Pennsylvania Avenue in an industrial section of Linden, NJ, that housed Feldhim’s suspected stash of 80,000 masks, a source said.

Mask-wearing agents and other workers placed the eight pallets of medical supplies into a box truck.

The arrest comes after President Trump claimed that some medical supplies were being swiped from New York City hospitals, which Mayor Bill de Blasio dismissed as insulting.