New York DEC Charges 2 in Illegal Tag Scheme

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Two Wayne County men have been arrested in connection with a three-year scheme to illegally purchase deer carcass tags and to illegally take deer with those tags, New York State Environmental Conservation Police Captain Michael VanDurme announced.

Reymundo Figueroa, 34, of Newark, has been charged with four counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and first-degree falsifying of business records - each count a felony related to making false statements when applying for deer carcass replacement tags on four occasions from 2005 to 2008.

Figueroa applied for and received replacement deer carcass tags at a Newark store in 2005, 2006 and 2008, stating that his original tags had been lost or stolen. In each case, DEC alleged that Figueroa had not lost his original tags but had used them to tag a deer he had killed earlier in the season. Figueroa then used the replacements to tag additional illegally killed deer. In addition to the felony charges, Figueroa was charged with three counts of illegally taking a deer, two counts of unlawful possession of wildlife and eight violations relating to the improper tagging of deer carcasses.

Evan Storrs, 20, also of Newark, was charged with one count of illegally taking a deer (a misdemeanor) and two counts of illegally lending a license to another person (a violation). DEC alleged that Storrs had given deer carcass tags issued in his name to Figueroa in an attempt to legitimize deer illegally taken by Figueroa in 2007 and 2008.

Each felony charge is punishable by imprisonment of up to four years. The illegal taking of a deer is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of $250 - $2,000 per count. Unlawful possession of wildlife, lending a license to another and violations of the tagging requirements related to taking deer are violations punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 days and a fine of up to $250 per violation.

During the investigation, DEC police officers executed a search warrant on Figueroa's residence and seized seven mounted deer heads and a quantity of frozen venison.