Doc Antle, Star Of ‘Tiger King,’ Charged With Money Laundering

6/7/2022 12:28:00 AM

Authorities allege the animal trainer laundered more than half a million dollars that came from an operation to smuggle people across the Mexican border.

Authorities allege the animal trainer laundered more than half a million dollars that came from an operation to smuggle people across the Mexican border.

Authorities allege the animal trainer laundered more than half a million dollars that came from an operation to smuggle people across the Mexican border.

Meg Kinnard Jun 6, 2022, 05:28 PM EDT SAVE Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been charged with laundering more than half a million dollars, money federal prosecutors said Monday that he believed to be the proceeds of an operation to smuggle people across the Mexican border into the United States.MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina --"Tiger King" star Bhagavan"Doc" Antle was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court Monday to face federal money laundering charges, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina --"Tiger King" star Bhagavan"Doc" Antle was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court Monday to face federal money laundering charges, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.The charges against Antle, 62, were expected to be formally announced during a court proceeding Monday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina Published 47 mins ago Updated 45 mins ago Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images “Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court Monday to face federal money laundering charges, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Charges against Antle and Andrew Jon Sawyer, one of Antle’s employees at Myrtle Beach Safari, were revealed during a federal court hearing in Florence, South Carolina.Advertisement According to federal prosecutors, Antle and Sawyer laundered $505,000 over a four-month period by doling out checks from businesses they controlled, receiving a 15% fee of the money that passed through their hands.Federal agents arrested the controversial wild animal trainer Friday and he has been in custody at the J.The checks, prosecutors allege, falsely purported to be payment for construction work at Myrtle Beach Safari but were in reality intended to serve as evidence that the recipients had legitimate income.Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina throughout the weekend.According to the complaint unsealed in court Monday, Antle discussed his plan to conceal the cash he received by inflating tourist numbers at his 50-acre (20-hectare) wildlife tropical preserve.Antle, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, is featured prominently in"Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that focused on tiger breeders and private zoo operators in the U.Prosecutors also said he had previously used bulk cash receipts to purchase animals for which he could not use checks.The series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who also was targeted for animal mistreatment and was convicted in a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin.

Records for the Horry County jail show Antle and Sawyer were both arrested Friday.The series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who also was targeted for animal mistreatment and was convicted in a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin.The series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who also was targeted for animal mistreatment and was convicted in a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin.Attorneys for both men did not immediately comment on the charges when reached via email.Advertisement According to authorities, Antle and Sawyer each face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted.The charges relate to allegations of money laundering, a person familiar with the matter told the AP on Saturday.Antle is featured prominently in “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that focused on tiger breeders and private zoo operators in the U.The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.S.Animal rights advocates have accused Antle of mistreating lions and other wildlife.Get the NBC 7 San Diego app for.

The series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who also was targeted for animal mistreatment and was convicted in a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin.Animal rights advocates have accused Antle of mistreating lions and other wildlife.In May, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the IRS to probe Antle's Rare Species Fund, a nonprofit raising money for wildlife conservation.In May, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the IRS to probe Antle's Rare Species Fund, a nonprofit raising money for wildlife conservation.He was indicted in Virginia in 2020 on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges.In May, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the IRS to probe Antle’s Rare Species Fund, a nonprofit raising money for wildlife conservation."It's fitting that"Doc" Antle is behind bars after years of locking up the endangered animals he uses in tawdry photo ops.PETA alleges he uses some of the fund’s money to subsidize his safari site in Socastee outside Myrtle Beach.His legal woes are mounting, as PETA recently blew the whistle on his apparent 'charity' scam, and the end to his reign of terrorizing tiger cubs can't come soon enough," said Debbie Metzler, associate director of PETA's Captive Animal Law Enforcement division, in a statement.

“It’s fitting that ‘Doc’ Antle is behind bars after years of locking up the endangered animals he uses in tawdry photo ops.Meanwhile, in Virginia, Antle is facing two felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to wildlife trafficking charges, as well as 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs.His legal woes are mounting, as PETA recently blew the whistle on his apparent ‘charity’ scam, and the end to his reign of terrorizing tiger cubs can’t come soon enough,” said Debbie Metzler, associate director of PETA’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement division, in a statement.Advertisement Meanwhile, in Virginia, Antle is facing two felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to wildlife trafficking charges, as well as 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs.Antle has a history of recorded violations, going as far back as 1989, when he was fined by the U.Antle has a history of recorded violations, going as far back as 1989, when he was fined by the U.Those charges are scheduled to go to trial next month.Antle has a history of recorded violations, going as far back as 1989, when he was fined by the U.Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at his zoo in Virginia.

S.Over the years, he has more than 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals.Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at his zoo in Virginia.Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.Over the years, he has more than 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals.___.

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That’s weird, he seemed like such an outstanding guy in the Tiger King doc….

'Tiger King' star Doc Antle to face money laundering chargesAntle is also facing 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs. never heard of him “'Tiger King' star” is an oxymoron

'Tiger King' star Doc Antle to face money laundering chargesAntle is also facing 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs. Carol Baskin!!!!!!’

‘Tiger King' Star Doc Antle to Face Money Laundering Charges“Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court Monday to face federal money laundering charges.

‘Tiger King’ star Doc Antle to face money laundering charges“Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court Monday to face federal money laundering charges Cool.

'Tiger King' star Doc Antle to face money laundering chargesAntle is also facing 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs.

'Tiger King' star Doc Antle to face money laundering chargesAntle is also facing 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs.