A Lincoln couple pleaded guilty in a federal court in Omaha on June 28 to trafficking and selling fish out of their home.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nebraska, between May 2013 and July 2016 Phong Duong, 48, and Oanh Pham, 46, would take fish, including crappie, white bass and wiper, from the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge and other Kansas reservoirs, in violation of Kansas wildlife laws.

The operation included the use of “straw fishermen,” including minor children, to conceal fish taken beyond the legal limit.

Back in Nebraska, the fish were cleaned and bagged, and then sold to customers.

Duong pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic wildlife, a felony, and Pham pleaded guilty to the illegal taking, transport and selling of fish, a misdemeanor. Sentencing for both is scheduled for Sept. 20.

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