Charles Kokesh indicted over elephant tusk salesSubmitted by SteveMT on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:46
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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