Ukrainian And American Face Charges Of Smuggling Elephant Ivory, Whale Teeth

BOSTON, MA -- A Nantucket scrimshaw dealer and a Ukrainian man are facing charges of smuggling sperm whale teeth and elephant ivory in violation of international treaties and a federal endangered species protection laws.

Sperm whale teeth

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Charles Manghis was released on $25,000 bond Thursday. He faces multiple charges of smuggling whale teeth and elephant ivory, making false statements to federal agents and conspiracy.

Andriy Mikhalyov of Odessa, Ukraine, was charged with conspiring with Manghis and others to import sperm whale ivory from Ukraine through California to Massachusetts.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors says he remains in Ukraine.

If convicted, Manghis faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

His lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

Source: Kyiv Post