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Bradford, PA Man Indicted for Acquiring Illegally Transported Protected Plants

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Bradford, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of receipt, acquisition or purchase of illegally transported protected plants and falsification of records, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Shane Michael Trout, 37, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, Trout received, acquired or purchased American ginseng plants that had been illegally transported in interstate commerce and falsified records relating to the purchase and sale of these plants

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $40,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated August 19, 2021