California auctioneer pleads guilty to $1 million ivory, rhino horn smuggling - 2016-03-10

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F349.png California auctioneer pleads guilty to $1 million ivory, rhino horn smuggling March 10, 2016, Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

An executive with a Beverly Hills gallery and auction house has pleaded guilty of conspiring to smuggling at least $1 million in animal products that included rhino horn and elephant ivory, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Joseph Chait, 38, a senior auction administrator with I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers, could be sentenced to up to five years in prison on the wildlife smuggling charge, the U.S. Justice Department said.

He also faces a maximum prison term of five years after pleading guilty to violating a federal law that bans trade involving illegally gained wildlife, they said.


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