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Sacramento man convicted of poaching accused of continuing violations

A Sacramento man previously convicted of poaching has been arrested, accused of continuing to violate state fish and wildlife laws after his fishing license was permanently revoked.

Nai Choy Saelee, 30, was arrested today by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers on suspicion of taking fish for profit, and unlawfully obtaining and possessing a fishing license acquired by means of fraud and deceit, according to a department news release.

In 2010, Saelee was arrested for, and pleaded guilty to, poaching abalone and illegally possessing abalone for sale, which led to a lifetime revocation of his fishing license by the Mendocino County Superior Court. Fish and wildlife officers allege that during each of the three years since the license revocation, Saelee, with the assistance of his brother, 25-year-old Peter Choy Saelee, fraudulently obtained a fishing license using his brother’s identification.

Nai Choy Saelee allegedly continued poaching and selling fish for profit on the Sacramento black market using the fraudulently obtained license. Nai Choy Saelee is accused of accruing two additional misdemeanor poaching citations under his brother’s name during those three years and was under investigation for a third when wildlife officers determined that he was using a fraudulently obtained fishing license.

Nai Choy Saelee was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Authorities said an investigation continues to determine Peter Choy Saelee’s level of involvement in the alleged license fraud conspiracy.