Auctioneer gets year in U.S. prison for ivory, rhino horn smuggling - 2016-06-22 a

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F19.png Auctioneer gets year in U.S. prison for ivory, rhino horn smuggling June 22, 2016, Brendan Pierson, Daily Mail

NEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters) - An executive with a Beverly Hills gallery and auction house was sentenced on Wednesday to one year and one day in prison after admitting that he conspired to smuggle at least $1 million in animal products that included rhino horn and elephant ivory.

Joseph Chait, 38, a senior auction administrator for his family's business, I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan after pleading guilty in March to conspiring to smuggle wildlife products.

His attorney, Judith Germano, had asked the judge for a sentence of community service. She said that Chait risked being cut off from his family, which raised him in the Church of Scientology, by cooperating with prosecutors.

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