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Deer trafficker must pay record sum in fines, restitution for U.S. wildlife crime

General September 17, 2015

A Georgia man was ordered to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution – the largest sum ever levied against someone for a U.S. wildlife crime – after pleading guilty to offenses involving the illegal transport of white-tailed deer, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Benjamin Chason was sentenced this summer, but his case was sealed until this week in federal court in southern Ohio. Chason, 61, from Climax, Georgia, was prosecuted along with Donald Wainwright Sr., 49, of Live Oak, Florida.

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