LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a now-closed Southern California restaurant.
City News Service says Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda entered pleas Monday to conspiracy and other charges involving meat from endangered sei whales. Each faces up to three years in federal prison, along with fines and community service.
Prosecutors say the chefs got the meat from a fish importer in Gardena — who wrote a false invoice describing it as fatty tuna.
The chefs served it as whale sushi to activists posing as customers in 2009 at The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica.
The restaurant closed in 2010 but its parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Inc., still faces federal charges.
The importer earlier pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.