A Chicago man DNR officials say has been illegally buying and selling wildlife for the past several months is jailed in Starke County after conservation officers raided a property he owns in Hamlet and seized various equipment and animal species as evidence. They started investigating Alexander Moy, 47, in 2011 after receiving complaints that he was buying whitetail deer from members of the public and have reportedly documented several wildlife sales in the ensuing months. Investigators also learned that Moy was selling the wildlife to markets and restaurants in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, according to investigators. He’s accused of buying and selling fish, turtles, raccoons and whitetail deer.
Moy faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 for each felony charge of illegal selling of wildlife. If he’s convicted he could face additional wildlife replacement costs in excess of $10,000. The investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division. You can do so through the IDNR Tip Line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.