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US man guilty of smuggling ivory, whale teeth

US man guilty of smuggling ivory, whale teeth

A scrimshaw artist has been convicted of smuggling sperm whale teeth and elephant ivory into the United States.
Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Charles Manghis was convicted in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday after a four-day bench trial of one count of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife, six counts of smuggling wildlife and two counts of lying to investigators.
He faces a maximum of five years in federal prison on each count at sentencing on May 6.
Authorities say Manghis, who etched pictures onto ivory and whale teeth for sale, conspired with a Ukrainian man to import the wildlife parts, in violation of international treaties and a federal endangered species protection laws.
Manghis' lawyer did not immediately return a message left before business hours Friday.


Updated : 2021-03-08 18:33 GMT+08:00