A sushi chef who served federally protected whale meat to customers at a Santa Monica restaurant was sentenced on Monday.
A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced.
Two chefs have pleaded guilty Monday to serving meat from federally-protected sei whales.
A Southern California sushi restaurant and two chefs have been indicted on conspiracy and other charges for allegedly serving illegal and endangered whale meat.
Ginichi Ohira sold protected sei whale meat to The Hump in Santa Monica, which closed its doors last year after prosecutors charged the owner and chef with sales of the protected mammal.
Ginichi Y. Ohira, 50, is charged with knowingly selling a marine mammal product for an unauthorized purpose in violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.