Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mary Maphoney's?

 Mary Mahoney's to pay $1.35 million

Mary Mahoney's. A name that stands for the good times that are the Gulf Coast, Southern elegance, and tasty cuisine.  However, Mary Maphony's might be a more apt name after the Federalis caught the restaurant passing off frozen foreign seafood as fish fresh from the Gulf of Mexico for years.   Triggerfish Almondine, anyone? 



The Justice Department filed a bill of information for fraud against Mary Mahoney's Old French House on April 26, 2024.  The information states Mary Mahoney's and a wholesale supplier worked together to sell frozen foreign seafood at the restaurant from between 2002-2012 and 2019.  Four co-conspirators that worked for the two companies.   

The information gives a glimpse of what took place at Mary Maphoney's: 

(2) On or about November 4, 2016, Co-conspirator No. 2 sold Triggerfish to local restaurant A for use as a substitute for premium local fish.
(3) In a text message dated July 5, 2017, co-conspirator No. 4 wrote to co­ conspirator No. 1 of Mahoney's: ""Still have no triple tail I'm sending you trigger-style fish 8 - 10 to use till we get it back in stock. An employee of [Co-conspirator No. 2] is using it already instead of triple tail at the [local restaurant] and said he has used it for grouper snapper and triple tail with no complaints. And it's cheaper than triple tail."" Co-conspirator No. 1 responded, "Ok."
(4) On or about July 25, 2017, Co-conspirator No. 2 sold fish it represented on its menu to be the local premium fish Red Snapper which was determined by genetic analysis not to be to be Red Snapper but an imported species of lesser value.
(6) In a January 19, 2018 email, a purchasing agent employed by Co-conspirator No. 2, notified Co-conspirators No. 3 and No. 4, and other employees of Co-conspirator No. 2, ""Due to the shortage on snapper we will be substituting triple tail for all snapper."" Triple tail was not a local fish but was imported by Co-conspirator No. 2 from Suriname in South America.

(7) In an April 16, 2018 email, Co-conspirator No. 3 sent the following instructions to Co-conspirator No. 4 and other members of the Co-conspirator No. 2's sales staff:

"I don't understand why we are giving Perch away [African Lake Victoria Perch ""LVP""]. This is a replacement for the triple tail which were selling at $8.99 and $9.99. Now we are selling perch at $5.69 if we can't get at least $6.99 or $7.99 then it's not worth bringing it in here. This is a product that no one else has and it is versatile. Raise the price and make money where we can make money!"

(14) On September 19, 2018, while an authorized federal search of the premises of Co-conspirator No. 2 was underway, Co-conspirator No. 1 sent an electronic text message to Co-conspirator No. 4 ordering the imported frozen African freshwater fish, LVP, which his restaurant, Defendant Mahoney's, regularly mislabeled and sold to customers as local Mississippi Gulf Coast Snapper.

 


The conspirators tried to cover up the fraud but the Federalis figured it all out.  

Mary Mahoney's bought 58,750 pounds of frozen foreign seafood and sold it as fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood from 2013 to 2019.    

The defendants waived indictment and pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court.   The maximum penalty is a $500,00 fine and a probation term of three years.  Mary Mahoney's will pay $1.35 million in asset forfeiture to the Justice Department within five days.  

 

89 comments:

Anonymous said...

The love of money, once again.

I clicked 4 crosswalks and 6 busses and 4 bikes said...

oh lawd, glad they didn't have calamari on the menu.

Anonymous said...

How many people think they are getting scallops and instead are getting shark or stingray punched out like a hole puncher.

Anonymous said...



I have known Bobby Mahoney for years and nothing, I mean nothing about this article surprises me. When caught originally he blamed on a mix up from supplier. We laughed, he covered all fish he could with sauce for a reason, now you know.

Anonymous said...

Considering all of the BS with Red Snapper at the time(and still) and the battle between NOAA, the recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen, inflated harvest data and lowered catch allotments and shortened seasons, this is going to sit well with a lot of people.

Anonymous said...

Worst meal I have had in a while. Right on down to the bloody Mary.

Anonymous said...

Next the feds will go after NOAA and Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Counsil for fabricating recreational reef fish(snapper, grouper, triggers, etc) catch data and pulling it out of the sky to reduce recreational fishing opportunities with incorrect data. Nahhh, who am I kidding. They are all part of the feds. Try and find a document called Vision 2020 put out by U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It's been scrubbed, but it's archived in a few places. Eye opening stuff if you are a fisherman or even like consuming fish. Basically they want it all to come from managed commercial fishermen and not you catching and keeping some for dinner for yourself. Go burn a few hundred gallons of fuel to catch and release.

Anonymous said...

Those BS corny jokes didn't work on the feds.

Burke said...

It's probably a bad thing if the only legitimate businesses on the Coast are the gambling palaces.

Saltwaterpappy said...

Kingfish, your reference to the $1.3 million in asset forfeiture--is this the restaurant real property, or something else?

Anonymous said...

Fancy folk been eating sheepshead at white tablecloth restaurants for years and never knew it.

Anonymous said...

This is going to roll some heads. I wonder where the initial 2018-2019 investigation stemmed from? US Customs on the imported fish? Fish and Wildlife? A disgruntled competitor or ex-employee. I wonder who else is going to go down with them. That supplier distributes to a lot of people down there. I wonder if they rolled on MM? why 8 years? So many questions.

Anonymous said...

Chef Bryan Bailey??

Anonymous said...

Ain’t that a “Vich” !

Anonymous said...

When we were building the new Biloxi Bay Bridge after Katrina I ventured there and ordered fried oysters. Just one bite and they had been rolled in a sugar batter which revolted me. My one and only time.

Anonymous said...

Chef Chowke? Waitress Rukia? Valet Socrates?

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll have to admit my trips to the coast have always included visits to Mary Mahoney's

This disappointments me. All that would have been necessary was a simple disclosure that menu substitutions were in place due to shortages.

I guess nothing is sacred anymore.

Anonymous said...

"Limitations" must be five years ("statute of limitations" for the MSM). Oh wait, on federal conspiracy allegations the "limitations" clock doesn't start running until the last overt act occurs.

Anonymous said...

I thought something was fishy about that place.

Anonymous said...

Likely the final nail in the coffin for this establishment. The place tastes like junk anyway. Their life blood is the old and gullible that go there just because it’s been there for a while and they’ve always been told it’s where to go.

DWF said...

It was awful last time I went.

Anonymous said...

Let's face it, most inland-dwelling tourists can't taste the difference between red snapper and snapping turtle. Season it, sauce it, and sell it to the rubes along with a big salad and too many drinks. Why should the casinos get to do all the fleecing on Highway 90?!

Anonymous said...

I am certain I am in the minority, but if it tastes good and its not dog or cat I am probably not real mad about mislabeling of its origins.

That said, the prices should be in line with whatever fish is actually being served.
I would be a bit angry at my "lobster price" for imitation meat.

But then again, I am just a fat guy who likes food so I would eat at MM again.

Anonymous said...

Change the name to Captain D's. Mahoney's is burnt toast.

Now I Know said...

Never...nope...NEVER going back to that restaurant...ie, known as a "DIVE" now.

I don't know if the wife and I were duped on a past anniversary or not, but I have to say that we were not too impressed with the food that was served.

Color me..."It's Good To Know". And now that I know...now I WON"T go!

Anonymous said...

This is the reason I have limited my restaurant choices. And I'm not 100% sold on a couple of them. If I want to throw away $100 I'll get a chalupa supreme at Taco Bell. At least there my expectations are legit.

Anonymous said...

There are many many reasons to not eat foreign fish. Taste isn't really one of them.

Anonymous said...

places like this always start off with truly good food. im sure it was top of the line back in the 60s and 70s

but just like all the big name NOLA resturants, they get a big reputation and turn into tourist traps serving up seafood to tourists who wouldn't know a tilapia from a cobia.

next time you decide to blow your money at a place with a big rep, cruise the parking lot and see how many out- of -state car tags are there.

if all you see is tennessee, arkansas, missouri, and kentucky go look for some back bay seafood dive known only to the locals.

i don't deny the history or the ambiance of the place , but when they put out fake ''seafood '' at new york prices, thats unforgivable

Anonymous said...

would someone tell me what indian unicorn is?????????????????

see overt acts 71-77

Anonymous said...

Sacrificing quality for the dollar! 😎 Sheepshead is often marketed as “Bay Snapper”!

Anonymous said...

with all the problems surrounding the fishery in the gulf , i can understand running out of product from time to time, but dont become a fake.


Anonymous said...

Here comes the class action and a quick settlement. We’ll all get toothpicks and napkins

Anonymous said...

an indian unicorn is a filefish.

i spearfish em all the time here in the carribbevn and they real good to eat.

guess im shooting carribbevn unicorn.

Anonymous said...

to 5;15pm .......sheephead are very good to eat , they just a little trouble to fillet. good as snapper and a fraction of the price.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the old commercial - Parts is Parts

Anonymous said...

I’m going to be pissed to learn the shrimp in the gumbo were sourced from overseas or bought from the Vietnamese shrimpers instead of the red blooded American shrimpers on the coast. That guy was always shady. Post Katrina it really went downhill.

Anonymous said...

That flounder I had there,recently, looked like a real flounder, and I will eat it again.

Anonymous said...

Is there anything on the menus of these places that are usually what they say they are? Or is it it all corrupt?

Anonymous said...

That's nothing. Ever notice that there aren't any stray cats around a Mickey Ds?

Anonymous said...

I hate this. Our family use to go there many years ago. It was always a fantastic restaurant. I haven't been down to the coast in many years.

Anonymous said...

6:52 this is not just about identifying the seafood one is served, it's also about maximizing profit through deception. You can buy foreign fish at bulk prices and make quite a profit on those hefty menu prices. My guess is this will be a huge hit to their business because Coast people are serious about their seafood and even more serious about buying local.

Anonymous said...

6:04 I catch and eat sheepheads…very good, I don’t call it bay snapper..πŸ˜‚
6:16 You’ll be really upset to know that a percentage of shrimp not from the gulf (bought cheaply) can be mixed with gulf shrimp and the whole box can be labeled “gulf shrimp”! All about the money! The Vietnamese that you see actually fish the gulf from AL to TX during shrimping season, most likely, allegedly…😎

Anonymous said...

$1.35 million is a lot of clams.

Anonymous said...

".... Basically they want it all to come from managed commercial fishermen and not you catching and keeping some for dinner for yourself. Go burn a few hundred gallons of fuel to catch and release."
May 30, 2024 at 3:22 PM

Thank you for that information. It completes the picture, for me. Coupled with the various wars currently being waged against farmers and ranchers, it's a pretty clear picture.

Fish/seafood, by the way, is the best source of DHA, an essential fatty acid, important for building and maintaining brains. Beef is another source. Controlling and limiting the sources.... well... who'd want to do THAT?

Anonymous said...

Rouses Supermarkets sells sheephead for $10.00 a pound. I catch and eat them. I also catch and eat snapper. Equal taste when prepared properly. For the ease of access I will take sheephead every time. I love this restaurant. Even the stale jokes Bobby tells are tolerable. Grilled oysters and whole stuffed flounder with fried crab claws are always excellent. The tourist gumbo roux comes from Sysco. I will never go back.

Anonymous said...

If I’m cleaning sheephead, I’m charging way more than $10/lb!

Anonymous said...

https://www.thehulltruth.com/gulf-coast/1318834-aj-season-may-1-31-a.html


Worth the read if you are a rec fisherman in the gulf. KF, I know it’s off topic, but it pertains to a degree. Scroll down and click the link to the Vision 2020 link. Scary stuff but falls in line to what’s happening. It’s pretty much been deleted everywhere on the internet but at one point it was an official government document.

Anonymous said...

It's ironic that Bobby Mahoney was on the Supertalk "Ricky Mathews" show this morning.

Not one word was spoken about this.

Instead, one hour of nostalgic memories about all of the celebrities that have walked through the front door.

Anonymous said...

I would not eat fish from Lake Victoria.

Pollution is incredible, the lake is surrounded with cities with more than 50 million population, and guess what the sewer systems are?

Mercury, sewage, pesticides, how are these fish even allowed to be imported to the US?

https://aijc.africa/notable-work/whats-killing-lake-victoria/

Anonymous said...

I knew something was up at Mary Mahoney’s when I could get better tasting fish from the deli at Rouse’s.

also, nore proof that rich people dont really have better taste πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

Anonymous said...

Ate there tonight. Got the crab claw appetizer and a salad. Hard to fake those. Place was packed and I didn’t have a reservation so they politely told me I needed to be done in two hours as they had a group of 85 coming in later.

Anonymous said...

6:32 makes a good point, its hard to fake a whole flounder.

in late winter when my summer and fall catch of redfish run out ill buy frozen tuna steaks. you can't farm a tuna.

Anonymous said...

There have been much better places to eat on the coast for a number of years. I have always thought the sauces they used were too rich.

Anonymous said...

back in the 60s till the 80s people only wanted red snapper, grouper, speckled trout, flounder and cobia.

after those stocks were decimated by commercial overfishing people turned to other species that had forever been considered

trash fish such as redfish, black drum, sheephead, dolphin fish, triggerfish, jack crevalle, mullet, and king and spanish mackerel .

people found that former ''trash'' fish tasted just as good , especially when cooked right.

now that the stocks of the former ''trash'' fish have been depleted people have turned to imported frozen god knows what.

a long time ago i quit eating at restaurants where i didn't personally know the owner and/or could not positively ID the fish they were serving.

Anonymous said...

I will add my 2 cents. Drove down to see two close friends from high school one who had recently lost his wife. We decided to big time it and went to Mary Mahoney. Mine was awful, the others ok. The place was packed. Fortunately Ole Bob didn’t show up till we were through eating.

Anonymous said...

Shameful to know that the most famous restaurant in Mississippi is a fraud.

Anonymous said...

I also heard the Ricky Matthews show, with both host and guest Bobby Mahoney boasting about all the previous celebrities wh0 have eaten there This really disappoints me about the famous Coast restaurant. Thy will need to rebuild their trust with Coast diners and the tourist, because you know the casinos will try to keep those type diners in their restaurants even more now.

Anonymous said...

Who was the Coast Seafood Supplier to Mary Mahoney's ?????

Queenfish said...

1. Please explain the 'asset forfeiture'. Couldn't be a million bucks worth of frozen product.

2. The next time you are sipping your martini while ordering 'tilapia' at any restaurant, please remember that the word 'tilapia' simply means 'FISH' in multiple languages of multiple countries. It could be any damned thing that swims.

3. Always check country of origin of any seafood at the grocery store. Most of what you're buying was likely raised in shit-ditches in China, Vietnam or South America.

4. "Distributed by..." on a label means nothing related to product origin.

Anonymous said...

I used to eat there occasionally in the several years after Katrina. I was never impressed. You could get better food for cheaper at many other places on the Coast.

Anonymous said...


If you cheat on fish which is kind of your identity, what else do you cheat on? Meat? Chicken? Marshmallows? Vodka? I laugh because when young I worked at a place that owner would pour Taaka ( sp) vodka into expensive vodka bottles after closing. Did same on whiskey. If you cheat, you cheat on every item.

Anonymous said...

"a long time ago i quit eating at restaurants where i didn't personally know the owner.

May 30, 2024 at 9:49 PM"


Well, we got Mr. Fancy Pants McGee over here!

Anonymous said...

How ODD that the local talk radio would have the owner on the SAME day all this comes out.
Shilling I believe it is called

Anonymous said...

Fresh caught, but by the feds.

Anonymous said...

to 7;08...actually i buy my pants at a used clothing store.

Anonymous said...

Always smart to keep a handy paper trail detailing your fraudulent business practices for when the Feds come calling. I imagine those texts and emails were much appreciated by the agents investigating you, especially the ones with multiple folks CC’d.

Anonymous said...

I don’t recall the specifics, but I think Martha Stewart served time in a federal prison for the crime of lying to FBI agents. Is it just me, or are these conspirators getting off easy?

Anonymous said...



Morgan & Morgan billboard in Biloxi next month

Did you have Mercury poisoning or get sick from eating fish falsely advertised at Mary Mahoney’s?

Call us today

Anonymous said...

@4:31PM, hmmm, idk about that. A quick google search of frozen seafood from China might change your mind. It might even make you gag the next time you eat seafood. It did me.

I usually grab a 2lb bag of Kroger brand “Atlantic fresh caught” salmon when it’s on sale, believing it’s just that — fresh catch from the Atlantic. Then I read the fine print on the packaging … product of China. So which is it, I wonder? Can vacuum-packed frozen salmon be both Atlantic fresh catch and produced in China at the same time? I used to switch it up with the occasional purchase of tilapia for a sweeter, flakier white fish. Then I read some articles about tilapia and other fish products from China. Then I read the packaging more closely. Product of China. Gag.

I prob need to get my seafood from Whole Foods and not be such a tight wad.


Anonymous said...

How is this fraud/lawbreaking/rule breaking any different than what many Mississippi business men do everyday? Our chicken plants, roofing companies, farms, and construction companies take tons of Federal subsidies and contracts but knowingly hire illegal aliens. A “kitchen grease” millionaire dumped toxic waste into our sewer system to cut corners. Texas shady business guys move here and break every zoning law to set up home businesses to undermine law abiding local businesses. This is now everyday business- cutting corners, cheating, suing your way to wealth, and, God Bless Mammon, dodging taxes and wailing about the Gubmint you cheat. Screwing consumers and neighbors is just “collateral damage” to our business men today.

And Gulf seafood places have done this for 40 years. The Big Chef who posts here (not ZPB) praises this establishment. He authored the Restaurant Welfare Bill and RINO Roger and Farm Welfare Cindy pushed it through. Stop the disingenuous wailing about corner cutting capitalists.

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that at least half of the 'suspect fish' came from the base pond at Lejeune. And that's been Ole Bob's number 2 source for at least 30 years.

For those of you rattling-on about how cost effective the substitutions are, don't lose sight of the fact that you were still charged for a fine product you were not served.

Anonymous said...

Cheaters cheat.

It ain't just the fish.

Anonymous said...

to 9:19......martha stewart was an individual. mary maloney's is a corporation. you can't put a corporation in prison. but you can

fine it. the feds are getting 1.3 million out of this and money is all they want anyway.

Anonymous said...

7:47 you miss the point. Even if they taste the same, it's wrong to put something on the menu and then serve something entirely different without telling the consumer.

Anonymous said...

They are on a political spin tour. Ricky Mathews is just the person to help. He’s married in to old Biloxi money and as long as it didn’t hurt his political buddies, he’s all for helping. If they sold crickets as calamari he might be mad. He seems to be very passionate about crickets.

Anonymous said...

tilapia are raised in freshwater chinese ponds located just down the slope from a pig farm.

and yes ,shit runs downhill and thats what those fish eat.

at least they feed the catfish in the delta farms purina catfish chow.

Anonymous said...

"...you know the casinos will try to keep those type diners in their restaurants even more now."

Beau Rivage is opening a new seafood-focused restaurant, Coraline's, on June 17, with the chef moving over from BR Prime. The former poker room (which used to be a restaurant) has been extensively renovated to accommodate Coraline's, including installing windows to allow a water view.

Anonymous said...

I'm dying to know: what qualifies as "Old Biloxi Money"?

Anonymous said...

"tilapia are raised in freshwater chinese ponds located just down the slope from a pig farm."

Someone said "tilapia" is a generic international term for any type of fish.
I have no idea if that is true.

But it makes me wonder .... What exactly is a Chilean sea bass ?
After this Mary Mahoney's fiasco, I'm starting to think a Chilean sea bass is a sickly Pearl River Perch caught at
the Monticello boat ramp.

Anonymous said...

These people should be serving up corruption and incompetence. They could bring it in for less than .15 a pound, make a killing off of it. Won't have to ship it in from Asia, either. Win, win.

Going to be serving it up from Bangor, Maine to Bel Air, California soon enough. Need to get ahead of the curve.

Anonymous said...

11:55 No, you missed the point. Why do you think I said I was never going back? I was simply comparing 2 fish types that I catch,cook and eat. If I prepared them you could not tell the difference.That I can tell you.
.

Anonymous said...

Doesn’t make it acceptable, but outright seafood deception is wide-spread standard practice, and has been for a long time.

Anonymous said...

“Old Biloxi Money”- her maiden name is Barhanovich, one of the more prominent Croatian families on the coast. Ricky is a first class great guy, so is the son that lives on the coast. Daughter and Son in law, meh, too big for their britches. All hat no cattle. Pretending to run with big dogs when they really can’t.

Point of clarification- Ricky didn’t know, Bobby did. Ricky nearly immediately issued a statement on Facebook blasting Bobby for not disclosing during the show, and blasting Mahoney’s for the act. Ricky seems genuine in that he didn’t know. The show was taped several hours before news outlets reported the news. Bobby damn sure knew.

C'est vraiment tres bon said...

For 12:37 and 9:48...

One of you is clueless and the other knows almost nothing about TALIPIA.

There are articles on the net that tell us Talipia is the name for almost 100 species of fish. You have no idea what you're paying for.

Among the many countries of origin are: Africa, Australia, Egypt, South America, Vietnam, Indonesia and, locally, Florida and Texas.

Shit-water? Roll the dice, man, and ask for extra tartar sauce.

One Google link defines Tilapia as 'a Latinization of the Tswana word for fish.

Known internationally for eating mosquitoes and ingesting the larvae, known to cause malaria - on the list of the worlds most invasive species.

I have no idea if Mary's Place has Tilapia on the menu. But this post is just to make you think about what you're ordering and what's in the grocer's frozen food case, mislabeled.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised no enterprising attorney has organized a class action lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

Eaten there for years. Great food. Sucks that this hit them, one of my fav places.

Anonymous said...



10:54

You have eaten there for years paying for Red Snapper, getting Triggerfish or goldfish and hate it happened to them? Let me let you in on a secret, they did it to themselves. Nobody did anything to make you “hate it happened to them” but themselves. Greed did it. I have eaten there myself a number of times but never again.

Anonymous said...

The timing of this with the opening of the mob’s new “seafood” restaurant is interesting.

Anonymous said...

Yep, standard practice:

https://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/restaurants/article289002449.html


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