New York Principal Daniel Levy contributed to a Law360 article on the resentencing of Arnold M. Bengis, a lobster thief who plundered South African fisheries from 1987 until 2001. A Manhattan federal judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, ordered Mr. Bengis to serve 57 months in prison and to forfeit an additional $37.3 million after Bengis dodged his obligation to pay back his victims. The new forfeiture order is the value of 598 tons of lobster tails plus nearly $11 million of accrued interest. "Judge Kaplan wisely saw Bengis’ conduct for what it was: an effort to obstruct the government’s effort to obtain restitution for the Republic of South Africa," Mr. Levy said.
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