A federal grand jury in Cincinnati has returned a four-count indictment charging a wildlife officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife with wildlife crimes.
Allan Wright, 45, of Russellville, Ohio, is charged with trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer in violation of the Lacey Act.
The Lacey Act makes it a crime for a person to knowingly transport or sell wildlife in interstate commerce when the wildlife was taken or possessed in violation of state law.
The Lacey Act also makes it a crime for a person to knowingly make or submit a false record, account or label for wildlife which has been transported in interstate commerce.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement.
The indictment, delivered on August 17, charges that Wright knowingly sold and provided an Ohio resident hunting license to a South Carolina resident during the 2006 white-tailed deer season.
According to the indictment, Wright falsely entered an Ohio address for the hunter in order to obtain a resident license. Ohio law makes it a crime to procure a hunting license by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or any false statement and to hunt without a valid hunting license.
The indictment charges that the South Carolina hunter killed three white-tailed deer using the illegal license. More....