Former La Crosse Police Officer Sentenced for Wildlife Charges
Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Faling Yang, 42, a former police officer with the La Crosse Police Department, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Madison for violating the Lacey Act, which protects certain animals and other wildlife from illegal hunting.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker sentenced Yang in accordance with his plea agreement, in which Yang agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and cease any hunting or guiding activities related to hunting for a period of two years. Magistrate Judge Crocker noted that Yang's voluntary resignation from the police force showed that he fully accepted the serious nature of his conduct and thus did not merit a term of incarceration or term of probation.
At Yang's plea hearing, the government established that Yang and his co-defendant, Corrie Korn, operated a commercial guiding company on the National Wildlife Refuge on the Mississippi River in 2009 and 2010. During the course of their investigation of the defendants, undercover agents working at the direction of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunted with the defendants who intentionally killed and transported ducks in violation of Wisconsin law and the Lacey Act on October 6, 2009.
Defendant Korn's sentencing was continued at the request of the defense, and he will be sentenced sometime in the next month.
The charges against the defendant was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.
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