Tiger King star Bagavan “Doc” Entre has been charged with washing more than $ 500,000 (€ 450,000), a federal prosecutor said Monday in an operation to smuggle immigrants across the Mexican border into the United States. It is believed to be a profit.
The indictment against Entle and Andrew John Sawyer, one of the employees of Myrtle Beach Safari’s Entre, was revealed at a federal court hearing in Florence, South Carolina, USA.
According to federal prosecutors, Entre and Sawyer handed out checks from the companies they controlled, received a 15% commission on the money they received, and laundered $ 505,000 in four months.
The check, the prosecutor, mistakenly claimed to be paying for construction work at Myrtle Beach Safari, but in reality it was intended to serve as evidence that the recipient had earned a legitimate income.
According to a complaint disclosed in court, Entre discussed plans to hide cash received by increasing the number of tourists in a 50-acre wildlife tropical reserve.
The prosecution also said it had previously used large amounts of cash receipts to purchase animals for which checks could not be used.
If convicted, Entre and Sawyer will each be imprisoned in federal prison for up to 20 years, officials said.
Entle works prominently in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. This is the 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries focused on US tiger breeders and private zoo operators.
The series focused on Joe Exotic, the operator of the Oklahoma Zoo. Joe Exotic was also the target of animal cruelty and was convicted of plans to kill his rival Carole Baskin.
Animal rights advocates have accused Entre of abusing lions and other wildlife. He was charged with animal cruelty and wildlife trade in Virginia in 2020.
In May, people for the ethical treatment of animals requested the Internal Revenue Service to consider the Entre Rare Species Fund, a non-profit organization that raises funds for wildlife conservation.
Peta claims to be using some of the money to subsidize his safari site in Socastee, a suburb of Myrtle Beach.
“It’s worthy to be behind the bar after the’Doc’Entre has locked in the endangered animals he uses for his cheeky photography for years.
“Peta recently whistled over his apparent” charity “scam, raising his legal affairs. And the end of his reign, which terrorizes the tiger cub, is not coming soon, “said Debbie Metzeler, Deputy Director of Peta’s Captive Animal Law. Execution department of the statement.
Tiger King Star Joe Exotic was sentenced to 21 years in prison …
Meanwhile, in Virginia, Entre faces two crimes: wildlife trade and smuggling of wildlife, 13 crimes of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, and smuggling of lion cubs. Facing the crime of related animal cruelty.
These fees will be brought to trial next month.
Entre has a history of convictions dating back to 1989, when it was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at a zoo in Virginia.