Ex-scalloper sues feds after unfair fish fines – News – Boston.com

BOSTON AP — A former New Bedford scalloper who was driven out of business by what an independent investigator called regulators’ excessive and unfair penalties is suing the federal government.Larry Yacubian’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for lost wages, lost property and emotional damages. In a claim earlier this year, rejected by federal agencies, he asked for $15 million.Yacubian was refunded $400,000 in fines in 2011 and received letters of apology from top federal officials. But in an interview Monday he said that didn’t make up for a malicious and abusive prosecution that destroyed his life’s work.‘‘I was banished to the gulag. I couldn’t work again in a profession that I had been in for years,’’ Yacubian said in an interview Monday.Yacubian’s case was among several considered by special investigator Charles Swartwood, who was appointed in 2010 by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

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