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Man pleads guilty after smuggling 40,000 piranhas into U.S.

A man in New York City has been accused of smuggling 40,000 piranhas into the United States between 2011 and 2012. According to a report, Joel Rakower was smuggling the aggressive fish into the country from Hong Kong for about a year. The fish were sent overseas in packaging with different labels as to fool customs authorities. The fish were labeled "Silver Tetras" which are perfectly legal here in The States.

Rakower knew that New York City banned people from keeping piranhas which made his sneaky job a crime. The fish were worth thousands (about $1.00 per fish) and it is believed that Rakower sold them to retailers for money. It's unclear how much money he made off of them.

Rakower and his company pled guilty to charges and will have to pay about $70,000 in restitution and fines. Check out the video above for more on this story.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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