Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged boat registration violations in East Baton Rouge Parish on Dec. 6, 2011.
LDWF Strike Force and Undercover agents cited Chad Sagona, 36, for possessing a motorboat with an altered hull identification number and an outboard motor with altered serial number. Agents also cited Sagona for injuring and filing false public records for his attempt to illegally register a boat.
Undercover agents answered an Internet classified ad in reference to a subject wanting to purchase a Louisiana boat registration for a vessel that could not receive a legal registration. Undercover agents made contact with Sagona and sold him a false registration.
Sagona allegedly registered the vessel in his name with the false registration. Agents seized the vessel along with a Yamaha outboard motor and boat trailer.
Filing false and injuring public records brings up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for each offense. If found guilty of altering a hull identification number and outboard serial number, Sagona faces a $50 fine for each charge and forfeiture of his boat and motor.
Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Agent Jake Darden and LDWF undercover agents.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at [email protected].