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After pleading guilty to two Lacey Act violations, Albert Roach discusses wildlife laws.

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Albert Roach, an online reptile dealer, was sentenced to one year of probation during which he is prohibited from dealing reptiles of any kind for purchasing threatened turtles across state lines. Roach was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, make a $1,500 donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and produce a public service video explaining wildlife laws that apply to reptile collectors.

Roach a N.J. resident, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of violating the Lacey Act. In the plea agreement, Roach acknowledges purchasing North American wood turtles, possession of which was illegal in Penn.

As part of the plea agreement, Roach agreed to produce a five to seven minute video outlining state and federal laws, like the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act, that reptile collectors must follow. The video is posted here to help inform the public about how to legally engage in the reptile trade.


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Last updated: January 23, 2012