Knox County man sentenced to one year in prison for selling hunting licenses in Florida, Ohio and Alabama
KNOX, Ohio — In relation to a system in which bogus hunting licenses were sold, a man from Ohio has been given a prison sentence.
According to a press release from the United States Department of Justice, court documents state that Nathanal L. Knox, 30, is accused of placing online ads for hunting leases that were supposedly available on several parcels of land in Ohio, even though he did not have the rights to sell those leases.
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According to the statement, he posted the adverts on at least 38 different Facebook pages, some of which include “Alabama Deer Hunters,” “Bow Hunting PA,” “Hunt Florida,” and “Ohio Hunting Lease.”
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Knox allegedly charged anything from $400 to $5,000 for the bogus hunting leases and demanded payment be made using PayPal, Walmart 2 Walmart, Money Gram, Western Union, and Venmo in the advertisements for the fake hunting leases.
According to the statement, he allegedly solicited money from at least 68 distinct individuals, all of whom reside outside of Ohio, with at least 59 of those persons sending payments to Knox, with the total amounting to more than $34,000.
Knox will serve one year and one day in jail, followed by three years of supervised release, and he will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $18,037.
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The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kenneth L. Parker, stated that the defendant’s offenses “were premeditated, detailed, and damaged a great many people.” [Citation needed] “His actions not only defrauded the unwitting individuals who fell victim to Knox’s lies, but they also created a potentially combustible mixture of hunters who believed they had the right to be on these properties and the landowners who had not given permission to these individuals to access their property. “His actions also created a potentially combustible mixture of hunters who believed they had the right to be on these properties and the landowners who had not given permission to these individuals to access their property Thankfully, allies in law enforcement were able to put a stop to this plan before anyone was hurt.
The investigation into the incident was carried out by the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Protecting sustainable hunting of America’s wildlife resources is bedrock to our mission in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Assistant Director Edward Grace of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement. “Protecting sustainable hunting of America’s wildlife resources is bedrock to our mission in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” “As a trusted responsibility to the American people, conducting investigations into those who prey on persons trying to hunt legally by scamming them is one of our top priorities,”