BARRINGTON, N.S. – More than $3 million worth of lobster is at the centre of a complex, international case involving fraud and theft allegations against three Nova Scotia men, RCMP said Tuesday.

The Mounties’ investigation started in July 2015 when allegations arose that a man from Shag Harbour, N.S., had allegedly defrauded a Shelburne County lobster company of $175,000 during the previous fishing season.

During the course of the investigation, the RCMP looked into similar allegations that a lobster company in Clark’s Harbour had been defrauded of over $500,000 in 2014-15.

RCMP say they also investigated allegations that a Barrington company was defrauded of over $500,000, a Shelburne County company was defrauded of $1.7 million and a Taiwan company was defrauded of over $250,000 — all in 2015-16.

Three men from Shelburne County were arrested last Wednesday.

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