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Mississippi Resident Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Use of Merchant Mariner Credentials

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

JEFFREY M. DESALVO, age 35, a resident of Picayune, Mississippi, pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of unlawful use of a merchant mariner license in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2197.

According to court documents, on February 4, 2015, DESALVO entered into a settlement with the U.S. Coast Guard wherein he agreed to surrender his merchant mariner credentials in lieu of having them permanently revoked.  In connection with the settlement agreement, DESALVO submitted an affidavit to the U.S. Coast Guard in which he stated that his credentials had been destroyed, when, in truth and fact, his credentials had not been destroyed.  In addition to the foregoing, DESALVO illegally used his suspended credentials to obtain work as a boat captain for four different companies that operated on the Mississippi River.

DESALVO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a supervised release term of three years, and a fine of $250,000.00 for each count.  U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown set sentencing for December 13, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Coast Guard in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated September 21, 2018