- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York antiques dealer admits he broke the law when he bought and sold elephant tusks and ivory carvings.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says 77-year-old Ferdinand Krizan of Franklinville faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to trafficking in prohibited wildlife.

Prosecutors say the owner of Fred’s Antiques bought two elephant tusks from a Canadian auction house in 2013 and sold them six months later to a buyer in Massachusetts. They say Krizan also illegally trafficked several other elephant tusks and ivory carvings, which together were valued at $142,000.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced May 19.


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