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Man Accused of Illegal Harvesting of Striped Bass


BALTIMORE- Authorities say a Tilghman Island man is facing charges in connection with the investigation into the alleged illegal harvesting of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay.

Michael D. Hayden, Jr., 41, is charged with witness tampering and retaliation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Maryland, which alleged that these incidents took place in March 2012 and August 2013.

Agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement and the Maryland Natural Resources Police say that Hayden attempted to manipulate witnesses' testimonies while trying to prevent testimonies of others. Authorities said that in at least one incident, Hayden is said to have threatened to retaliate against a witness he believed to be cooperating with investigators.

According to the affidavit that was filed to support the criminal complaint, Hayden is a commercial fisherman and licensed in the state of Maryland.

If convicted, investigators say that he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of four counts of witness tampering and witness retaliation.

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