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Gloucester Man Among 17 Obama Pardons

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A Massachusetts man is among 17 people receiving pardons from President Barack Obama.

Obama issued the pardons Friday to people in 13 states, largely for minor offenses.

Among them is James Anthony Bordinaro of Gloucester. The White House announcement said he had been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine for conspiracy to restrain, suppress and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act and conspiracy to submit false statements.

Bordinaro was accused of conspiring to rig bids on frozen seafood contracts awarded by the Defense Personnel Support Center from 1981 to 1989. The Feds said at the time that he passed off Canadian-caught fish as catches by American fishermen.

A published telephone listing for him could not be found Friday.

The White House offered no details on why these particular people were selected by Obama, who has issued relatively few pardons since taking office.

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