Typhoon Restaurant Inc., parent of The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica, and sushi chefs Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda were named Thursday in a nine-count indictment. If convicted, Yamamoto faces up to 67 years in prison, while Ueda faces a maximum 10-year term.
The company and Yamamoto were initially charged three years ago, but prosecutors sought to have the charges dropped with the option to refile them at a later date.
Marine mammal activists posed as customers and were served whale during three separate visits to the restaurant. Tests confirmed the meat came from a Sei whale, an endangered species protected by international treaties.