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Charles Kokesh indicted over elephant tusk sales

Charles Kokesh is the father of Adam Kokesh.
Charles Kokesh indicted over tusk sales
By Tom Sharpe - 9:27 pm, Fri May 24, 2013

Santa Fe businessman Charles Kokesh has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla., on charges of violating the Endangered Species Act by selling two elephant tusks — the latest in a litany of legal problems for the venture capitalist.

According to the three-count indictment returned Wednesday, Kokesh legally imported a “sport-hunted elephant trophy mount” from the African country of Namibia, but illegally sold the two tusks to a buyer in Florida for $8,100, to be paid with a combination of currency and guns.

After the sale, Kokesh allegedly lied about it in an email to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by claiming the tusks had been shipped to an appraiser in anticipation of a donation to a nonprofit. He also is accused of giving false information about the location and disposition of the tusks.
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Free Charles Kokesh!!!!

Free Charles Kokesh!!!!

juan maldonado

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Kokesh's father has the funds to defend himself. He has the cash

...other people's cash apparently.

"Kokesh is also negotiating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which accuses him of misappropriating $45 million from investors from his days as a venture capitalist in California. The SEC says this is the first case it has ever brought in New Mexico."

They mightbe trying to frame

They mightbe trying to frame him, you ever think about that? I read the article and he said he wouldnt mind shooting some of the corrupt policians! That doesnt sound like a guy who steals from people, but idk. I need to read more on this guy.

juan maldonado

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Kokesh sr. sounds like a mini-Madoff or a mini-Corzine.

This is one time when the I tend to believe these charges. It sounds like he has hurt a lot of people, and it also sounds like they have a lot of evidence to backup all of these charges. He should be out there fighting for his innocence, not unavailable, IMO.

"Kokesh, 65, was not available for comment Friday. No one answered the buzzer of the closed gate of his home at 708 Camino Corrales.."