Doc Antle was embroiled in shady business dealings involving huge sums of money that strayed into illegal territory — at least according to federal prosecutors.
The ‘Tiger King’ star’s federal indictment was unsealed on Monday – this after he was arrested by the FBI last week in South Carolina – and his charges are clearly spelled out. He faces 2 counts of money laundering… and is accused of laundering over $500,000 with one of his employees/business partners who was in the alleged conspiracy.
According to the documents – obtained by TMZ – Doc and this employee, Andre Sawyerwere soliciting people as early as 2019 to help them launder money through a check writing system where they received money in advance and wrote a check to the person… minus a fee to help clean up the money.
The Feds allege Doc and Sawyer had a 15% wash fee…and the guys laundered around $505,000 between Feb-April 2022. The FBI says they had 2 undercover informants working the case – and claim have tons of incriminating audio recordings and tapes of the two men.
We’ve been told before that her bust had to do with suspected money laundering, but now we’re getting the full extent of the case – and it’s pretty crazy. They make Doc look like a regular white-collar crook…albeit one who lives in a lot of greenery.
As you know, Doc runs a wildlife sanctuary in Myrtle Beach…where he houses a ton of different animals in a zoo-like environment. Unfortunately for him, the operation there has also come under scrutiny since being put on the map via ‘Tiger King’.
In fact, Doc had previously faced state-level criminal charges for alleged wrongdoing at the Myrtle Beach Safari – Virginia’s AG hit with its own indictment, alleging it trafficked lion cubs across the borders of the state…which Doc denied at the time.
He also received heat from PETA for letting celebrities pass by and interacting with animals on a very personal level. Yet PETA has never had any real power to make him change his practices.
Doc is due in court on Monday to hear the charges against him – although it is unclear whether he will plead or not. The first count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
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