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A Pompano Beach seafood purveyor who federal prosecutors allege conspired to sell live spiny lobsters caught in the Florida Keys to China must pay a $250,000 fine and serve three years probation.
 
Eric Burman, 60, was sentenced Monday in federal court before U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King.
 
The fine must be paid to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act fund administered by the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to court records.
 
Burman was charged with conspiracy to violate the federal Lacey Act, by transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring and purchasing Florida spiny lobster.
 
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