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Jun 10, 2011 9:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Oyster house owners arrested in fraud

HOUMA, La. (AP) - State police have arrested the owners of a Tangipahoa Parish oyster business in a case involving $105,830 in unpaid bills due a seafood processing company in Terrebonne Parish.
Troopers say 63-year-old Vito Caronna and 51-year-old Rhonda Caronna, both of Robert, were booked on counts of issuing worthless checks and theft over $500, a felony.
The Caronnas own Joey Oysters Inc., of Amite.
State police say the owners of Brunswick Seafood Inc., of Theriot, which does business as Dularge Seafood Processing, filed a criminal complaint against the Caronnas on April 5.
In a news release, troopers say Brunswick Seafood accused the Caronnas of failing to pay $25,746 for seafood purchased from Brunswick and also providing Brunswick with $80,084 in bank checks that later were returned for insufficient funds.

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