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Ponchatoula Turtle Farmer Pleads Guilty to Lacey Act Violation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

KEITH D. BOUDREAUX, age 56, of Ponchatoula pleaded guilty today to a one-count bill of information charging him with illegally shipping false map turtles in violation of Title 16, United States Code, Sections 3372(d)(2) and 3373(d)(3)(A).

According court documents, BOUDREAUX submitted falsified export documents in connection with a shipment of 1500 false map turtles that he exported to a buyer in the Netherlands. 

BOUDREAUX faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, not more than three years on supervised release, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey will sentence BOUDREAUX on November 27, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated August 22, 2018

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