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A Utah man Jean-Michel Arrigona and his company Nature, Inc. were charged Wednesday after being charged with illegally bringing at least 460 animals from Indonesia to the United States for profit.
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Deputy Attorney General Jonathan D. Brightbill of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Department of Justice and United States Attorney John W. Huber of the District of Utah announced the charges on Wednesday.
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Jean-Michel Arrigona, 58, and his Midvale-based company are said to sell wild animals in the form of art, taxidermy, bones and skeletons. The indictment alleges that Arrigona imported wildlife from overseas without notifying the US Fish and Wildlife Service or Customs, as required by law.
Arrigona allegedly resold the wildlife from the Nature Store and its website.
Between December 2015 and September 2020, Arrigona imported 460 unreported wild objects, mostly from Indonesia, according to the indictment. These expeditions included bats, lizards, turtles, insects, starfish and mollusks. He did not import live animals.
Some wildlife species, such as the fruit bat and the monitor lizard, are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Animals, which regulates trade in endangered or threatened species through permit requirements. The United States and 182 other countries have signed the CITES treaty, according to a press release.
Authorities say Arrigona is in violation of the Endangered Species Act, which requires importers to report wildlife purchases upon entry into the country, and the Lacey Act, the country’s oldest trade law. wildlife, including the ban on illegal sales in the country. Land of introduced fauna.
Arrigona was destroyed as part of Operation Global Reach, which involved the trade in wildlife from Indonesia to the United States.
Trial attorney Ryan Connors of the Environmental Crimes Division of the Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Deputy Attorney Melina Shiraldi for the District of Utah are continuing the case