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Store owner sentenced for smuggling African elephant ivory

In the shadows of the Congo Basin Forest, elephants fall to the Illegal Ivory trade. Credit: Wiki Commons In the shadows of the Congo Basin Forest, elephants fall to the Illegal Ivory trade. Credit: Wiki Commons

A Philadelphia store owner was today sentenced to 30 months' in prison for smuggling elephant ivory in the United States from South Africa, announced the United States Attorney of the Eastern District of New York, where sentencing took place.

Victor Gordon, on four occasions starting in 2006, paid a smuggler to get ivory from Africa then illegally sent it to the United States via John F. Kennedy International Airport. Gordon acquired more than 400 pieces of carved elephant ivory, valued at $800,000, officials said. According to the report, in some cases, Gordon stainedtheivoryand asked the smuggler to create false receipts to make it look like the ivory was legal.

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Gordon had sold tens of thousands of dollars of carved ivory to customers from his Philadelphia store.

After Gordon's imprisonment, Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto ordered two years of supervised release, to pay a fine of $7,500 and to forfeit $150,000, along with one ton of elephant ivory seized from his store in 2009

 
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