WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A federal grand jury in Springfield, Ill., returned a 23-count felony indictment Thursday charging Jeffrey B. Foiles with conspiracy, wildlife trafficking, and making false writings in connection with the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts.
The charges relate to alleged violations of Canadian hunting and criminal laws occurring between 2003 and 2007, including:
causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a bird contrary to the Criminal Code;
taking over the daily bag limit of geese;
taking over the daily bag limit of ducks;
continuing to hunt after daily bag limit is reached;
hunting from a moving boat or boat under power;
failing to immediately retrieve a migratory game bird; and
failing, after retrieving a migratory game bird, to immediately kill the bird
Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, the maximum penalty for indictable offences is $1 million per offence or the possibility of imprisonment for a term of not more than three years, or both.