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NRP Notified of Imposter

Annapolis, Md. (February 3, 2012) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) was notified that one of the waterman police officers charged on Friday for oyster violations was using someone else’s name and tidal fish license without permission.

Mason T. Coursey, 19 of Centreville, notified NRP after seeing his name in the media that someone had used his identification. He was accused of illegally diving for oysters in a restricted area of the Little Choptank. Coursey told police that someone else had illegally used his tidal fish license and gave it to the Officers during the incident. Coursey had kept his license on a boat and the imposter found it.

Officers have identified the imposter and are pursuing the investigation. The initial incident occurred when Officers found four people diving for oysters in a restricted area, on Friday at around 9 a.m. The other three people NRP charged were Bryan R. Grimes, 36 of Chester, Edward E. Grimes, 61 of Stevensville, and Christopher L. Marvel, 19 of Grasonville. A trial is set for the watermen who were illegally harvesting oysters for April 18 in the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County.

Note: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to the Maryland Natural Resources Police as “NRP.” Thank you.

   February 3, 2012

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

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