Judge Orders Company Sued in Lobster Embezzlement Scheme to Pay $ 4.5M

A federal judge Thursday ordered a company allegedly created to help facilitate a scheme to steal lobsters to pay a civil judgment of more than $4.5 million.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Sea Salt, a Saco restaurant and lobster wholesaler, against a former employee and part owner over lobsters allegedly shipped off the books and resold.

The lawsuit, filed last September, said Matthew Bellerose of Scarborough shipped lobsters from Sea Salt without generating shipping labels or invoices so the company didn’t bill and wasn’t paid for the crustaceans. Sea Salt contends Bellerose, who had worked for the business since 2009, shipped nearly $1.5 million worth of lobster that he and a partner then sold.

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