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Michigan Man Charged and Sentenced for Lacey Act Violations

June 25, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Holland, Michigan man has been charged with Lacey Act Violations by an Information filed April 4, 2013.

Donald Israels, age 46, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on June 17, 2013 and pled guilty to Counts I and II the Information. Israels was sentenced to 1 year unsupervised probation, a $5,000 fine, $2,000 in restitution, and $50 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The charges stem from two incidents occurring in November 2010 and 2011, in which Israels did knowingly transport, sell, receive, and acquire two white-tailed deer in interstate commerce from South Dakota to Michigan. Israels did not have a hunting license for the deer he killed.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.



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