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‘Tiger King’ celestial body Doc Antle to face money laundering charges

'Tiger King' celestial body Doc Antle to face money laundering charges

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — "Tiger King" celestial body Bhagavan "Doc" Antle was arrested by the FBI with every one other accompanied by expected to become visible inside court of rules and regulations Monday to face confederate money laundering charges, a human being familiar accompanied by the matter told The Associated Press.

Federal agents arrested the contentious wild creature trainer Friday with every one other accompanied by he has been inside custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center inside Conway, South Carolina all over the weekend.

Antle, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari inside South Carolina, is featured prominently inside "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem with every one other accompanied by Madness," a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that focused on tiger breeders with every one other accompanied by private zoo operators inside the U.S. The series focused laboriously on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who too was targeted for creature mistreatment with every one other accompanied by was convicted inside a conspiracy to kill a rival, Carole Baskin.

The charges opposed to Antle, 62, were expected to exist formally announced throughout a court of rules and regulations proceeding Monday afternoon inside Florence, South Carolina. The charges tell to allegations of money laundering, a human being familiar accompanied by the matter told the AP on Saturday. The human being could not talk over the matter publicly with every one other accompanied by spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

Animal rights advocates have accused Antle of mistreating lions with every one other accompanied by other wildlife. He was indicted inside Virginia inside 2020 on creature cruelty with every one other accompanied by wildlife trafficking charges.

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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. PETA alleges he uses some of the fund's money to subsidize his safari location inside Socastee external outside Myrtle Beach.

"It's fitting that "Doc" Antle is behind bars following years of locking up the endangered animals he uses inside tawdry photo ops. His legal woes are mounting, while PETA not long ago blew the whistle on his evident 'charity' scam, with every one other accompanied by the extremity to his reign of terrorizing tiger cubs can't go nearer in a short time enough," said Debbie Metzler, associate director of PETA's Captive Animal Law Enforcement division, inside a statement.

Meanwhile, inside Virginia, Antle is facing set of two felony counts of wildlife trafficking with every one other accompanied by conspiracy to wildlife trafficking charges, while well while 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to contravene the Endangered Species Act with every one other accompanied by creature cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs. Those charges are scheduled to go to trial following month.

Antle has a history of recorded violations, going while a lengthy way spine while 1989, when he was fined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer with every one other accompanied by peacocks at his zoo inside Virginia. Over the years, he has additional than 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals.

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Associated Press author Michael Balsamo inside Washington contributed to this report.

'Tiger King' celestial body Doc Antle to face money laundering charges

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