Walbridge man charged with falsely labeling ivory shipment
A criminal information was filed charging a Walbridge, Ohio, man with falsely labeling a package containing wildlife items, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio
Mark St. John, age 53, falsely labeled an elephant ivory shipment destined for an overseas buyer on June 1, 2011, according to the information.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigating agency in this case is the United State Fish & Wildlife Service, Delaware, Ohio. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Gene Crawford.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.