August 12, 2015 - An Illinois man was sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and he must pay $41,000 in restitution for violating the Lacey Act. He tried to purchase imperiled wood turtles that were captured in violation of state law. An undercover Service operation, with Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, led to his arrest.
Court documents also note that CANTORE was previously convicted of federal charges related to the illegal sale of turtles and that he continued to illegally sell turtles while on bond for the current charges.