“Tiger King” Personality Doc Antle Admits to Wildlife Trafficking and Money Laundering

Mahamayavi Bhagavan Antle (a.k.a. Doc Antle)

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, known from Netflix’s “Tiger King,” pleaded guilty to charges of wildlife trafficking and money laundering, as reported by the U.S. Justice Department.

Antle, who is 63, was accused of trafficking animals protected under the Endangered Species Act, including cheetah and lion cubs, tigers, and a young chimpanzee. The transactions were disguised as charitable contributions to his nonprofit, the Rare Species Fund.

Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim condemned Antle’s actions, pointing out the discrepancy between his self-portrayed image as a conservationist and his repeated legal offenses involving endangered species.

With the possibility of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine for each count, and subsequent supervised release, Antle’s legal woes have escalated. He is the proprietor of Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina and has established his nonprofit within the state.

The investigation also revealed Antle’s involvement in financial dealings linked to the illegal entry of immigrants into the country.

Earlier in June, a jury cleared Antle of animal cruelty charges, and a judge dismissed additional charges against him and all charges against his daughters.

This development adds to the controversies surrounding “Tiger King” figures. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, is currently incarcerated, serving a revised 21-year sentence after a plot to murder activist Carol Baskin, a conflict that was a central theme of the series. Maldonado-Passage has recently started treatment for cancer, which led to a reduction in his sentence.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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