And finally… fishy

A senior state scientist known to his colleagues as the “sturgeon general” has been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to provide sturgeon eggs for processing into expensive caviar.

Ryan Koenigs, the leading sturgeon expert in Wisconsin, has been accused of accepting jars of caviar worth $20,000 in an illegal bartering scheme, The New York Times reports.

A group of state-employed biologists allegedly used sturgeon eggs intended for research purposes for personal gain and enjoyment instead – trading them with a caviar processor in return for caviar enjoyed at meetings.

Caviar from sturgeon eggs is worth nearly €30 a gram and is extremely popular on the black market.

Three people have been charged with bartering the eggs, while Mr Koenigs denies obstructing an investigation, misleading investigators and trying to conceal evidence.

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