Wichita man pleads guilty to buying two tiger pelts

August 07, 2018 - 6:48 pm

A Wichita man pleaded guilty to violating federal law by buying two tiger pelts.

Federal prosecutors said Ret Thach, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits interstate sale or purchase of animals covered by the Endangered Species Act.

In his plea, Thach admitted he paid $8,000 for the two tiger pelts, and paid traveling expenses for a seller from Wisconsin to deliver the pelts to Wichita. Thach did not know that the seller was an undercover agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to court records, Thach wanted the pelts for his home office. He told the agent he already owned a lion and a lot of bears and wanted to add the tiger pelts.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 26.

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