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Sushi chef at Santa Monica restaurant sentenced in whale meat case

By Stephen Ceasar contact the reporter
Santa Monica sushi chef sentenced for serving whale meat

A sushi chef who served whale at a now-closed Santa Monica restaurant
was sentenced to two years probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to
complete 200 hours of community service for his part in a scheme to
import and sell whale meat, authorities said Monday.

Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, along with chef Susumu Ueda and Typhoon Restaurant
Inc., the parent company of the restaurant the Hump, were indicted in
early 2013 after a sting operation involving an associate producer of
the Oscar-winning documentary €śThe Cove€ť revealed that whale was being
served off-menu to customers.

Yamamoto and Ueda pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor charges and
cooperated with investigators.

Ueda received the same sentence earlier this month, said Thom Mrozek, a
spokesman of the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

The supplier of the whale meat, Ginichi Ohira, pleaded guilty in 2011
and is scheduled to be sentenced in June, Mrozek said.

Whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which
prohibits the importing or sale of whale meat.

The chefs admitted that in 2007, Ueda got approval from the restaurants
owner and manager to order several pounds of whale from Ohira,
prosecutors previously said. Yamamoto then served the whale meat on at
least two occasions in early 2010.

The order included about three kilograms of whale akami, or red meat;
about two kilograms each of whale bacon; and whale onomi, or tail,
according to the plea agreement.

Ueda, the head sushi chef, and Yamamoto each faced a maximum of three
years in prison.

Brian Vidor, the owner of Typhoon Restaurant Inc., was sentenced in
April to one year of probation, and the company received 18 months
probation. Vidor and the company were jointly ordered to pay a fine of
$27,500.

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On Mon, 18 May 2015 22:12:27 -0400, Travis McGee
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Sushi chef at Santa Monica restaurant sentenced in whale meat case


It was the sixty foot skeleton in the dumpster gave them away.

J.

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On Mon, 18 May 2015 22:12:27 -0400, Travis McGee
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...518-story.html

Sushi chef at Santa Monica restaurant sentenced in whale meat case


It was the sixty foot skeleton in the dumpster gave them away.

J.


I heard it was road kill.




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