Ohio Wildlife Officer Indicted
Allan Wright was a wildlife officer in Ohio and Eric Vaughn is a wildlife officer from South Carolina. Wright sold Vaughn a resident license using Wright's home address for Vaughn. Resident hunting licenses are cheaper than nonresident licenses. Vaughn killed three deer and took them home using this license, and Wright turned in a false harvest report. This incident took place in 2006. In 2009, he had antlers that were seized from a hunter sent to a different hunter in Michigan and he reported that he had disposed of them. In 2010, he was charged with tampering with records and falsifying.
Wright now faces two felony and two misdemeanor trafficking and false labeling charges in connection to alleged violations of the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold wildlife.
Wright was indicted Wednesday. He is on unpaid, administrative leave and was told to return all of his employer's property. He faces up to $700,000 in fines and 12 years in prison. From Dayton Daily News.