Henry K. Lee
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Two Hercules residents have been charged in federal court with illegally importing a mounted tiger from Vietnam, court records show.
Steven Tieu, also known as Coung Tieu, imported a real mounted tiger – an endangered species – from Vietnam in December without the proper permits or declarations, federal prosecutors said in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland.
Tieu was charged Friday with a misdemeanor violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Nicki Phung, also known as Mai Thi Phung, was charged with smuggling the mounted tiger, which is a felony.
Both are to be arraigned Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Wayne Brazil in Oakland.
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