CARLOS

Rafael's Permits
NEW BEDFORD - New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says organizations bent on shutting down the fishing industry in the United States have expressed interest in Carlos Rafael's soon-to-be forfeited fishing permits.
Rafael was found guilty this year of falsifying catch records in order to evade fe…
Rafael to Plead Guilty
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A leading U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.
The U.S. attorney's office says Carlos Rafael has a change of plea hearing scheduled for …
Plea Hearing Delayed
BOSTON - New Bedford fishing magnate Carlos Rafael's plea hearing has been postponed.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts says "The Codfather's" next scheduled court appearance is March 30 at U.S. District Court in Boston. Rafael was originally scheduled …
Carlos Felix Arrested
NEW BEDFORD - Community activist and former political candidate Carlos Pimentel Felix was arrested Tuesday outside of New Bedford City Hall.
According to a criminal complaint filed by New Bedford Police in Third District Court, Felix was arrested on William Street late Tuesday morning after he stoppe…
Hodgson Denies Pressure Claim
NEW BEDFORD - Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson says it's "upsetting" that one of his deputies is facing federal charges in connection to the Carlos Rafael case.
Deputy Sheriff Antonio Freitas is accused of helping the New Bedford fishing mogul smuggle large sums of cash throu…
Missing Boaters
Three missing boaters appear to have local ties.
The Coast Guard is currently searching for the three men, after they embarked on a sea excursion and failed to return home as scheduled on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard is searching for any signs of Carlos Amaral, Dylan Amaral, and Mario Fialho and the vesse…
Bookkeeper Cleared
Federal prosecutors are looking to dismiss charges against the bookkeeper of fishing magnate Carlos Rafael.
In a motion filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors are seeking to drop charges against Debra Messier, who was arrested in February along with Rafael for lying to federal auth…