‘Tiger King’ star Doc Antle to be charged with cash laundering following arrest: report


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“Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was arrested by the FBI and anticipated to look in court docket Monday to face federal cash laundering fees, an individual conversant in the matter advised The Related Press.

Federal brokers arrested the controversial wild animal coach Friday and he has been in custody on the J. Reuben Lengthy Detention Heart in Conway, South Carolina, all through the weekend.

Antle, the proprietor of the Myrtle Seaside Safari in South Carolina, is featured prominently in “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that centered on tiger breeders and personal zoo operators within the U.S. 

The collection centered closely on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Unique, who additionally was focused for animal mistreatment and was convicted in a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin.


Bhagavan “Doc” Antle.
(Horry County Sheriff’s Workplace)


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The fees towards Antle, 62, have been anticipated to be formally introduced throughout a court docket continuing Monday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina. The fees relate to allegations of cash laundering, an individual conversant in the matter advised the AP on Saturday. The individual couldn’t focus on the matter publicly and spoke to AP on situation of anonymity.

Animal rights advocates have accused Antle of mistreating lions and different wildlife. He was indicted in Virginia in 2020 on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking fees.

In Might, Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals requested the IRS to probe Antle’s Uncommon Species Fund, a nonprofit elevating cash for wildlife conservation. PETA alleges he makes use of among the fund’s cash to subsidize his safari website in Socastee exterior Myrtle Seaside.

Doc Antle was arrested by the FBI on Friday, June 3, over federal money laundering charges.

Doc Antle was arrested by the FBI on Friday, June 3, over federal cash laundering fees.
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“It’s fitting that ‘Doc’ Antle is behind bars after years of locking up the endangered animals he uses in tawdry photo ops. His legal woes are mounting, as PETA recently blew the whistle on his apparent ‘charity’ scam, and the end to his reign of terrorizing tiger cubs can’t come soon enough,” mentioned Debbie Metzler, affiliate director of PETA’s Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement division, in an announcement.

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In the meantime, in Virginia, Antle is going through two felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to wildlife trafficking fees, in addition to 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty fees tied to trafficking lion cubs. These fees are scheduled to go to trial subsequent month.

Doc Antle was featured in the

Doc Antle was featured within the “Tiger King” Netflix docuseries.
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Antle has a historical past of recorded violations, going way back to 1989, when he was fined by the U.S. Division of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at his zoo in Virginia. Over time, he has greater than 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals.


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