Tiger King’s Doc Antle accused of money laundering

“Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been charged with money laundering and faces up to 20 years in prison, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Antle, 62, allegedly laundered $505,000 in cash with his business partner Andrew “Omar” Sawyer, 52, in a fourth month in the US – believed to be proceeds from an operation to smuggle undocumented immigrants across the Mexican border into the US The said the South Carolina Attorney’s Office.

Antle and Sawyer would launder the money by writing checks falsely claiming they were payments for construction work being done at Antle’s 50-acre Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife sanctuary. However, the controls were “only a means of giving the recipients the appearance of legitimate income,” according to the criminal complaint.

Both men received a fee of 15% of the amount laundered, US Attorneys said.

Tiger King star Bhagavan
Antle is said to have had sex with minors and abused women.
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Antle reportedly planned to hide the money he received by inflating the number of tourists visiting Myrtle Beach Safari. In the past, he used cash receipts en masse to purchase animals for which he could not use checks, the complaint said.

Antle and Sawyer each face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted on the charges.

Antle – who starred as Joe Exotic’s rival in the hit Netflix documentaries – was arrested by the FBI and booked into a South Carolina jail on Friday, where he remains incarcerated.

He has also been charged with multiple crimes related to the exotic animal trade and abuse in recent years.

The allegations against Antle go beyond money laundering and animal cruelty.

A subsequent Netflix documentary series, Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story, alleged that Antle groomed and had sex with minors, abused women, and defrauded a wildlife charity.

Former employees said he used his position as Myrtle Beach Safari owner to create a cult-like environment.

Antle told WBTW-TV in December that all of the allegations were “absolutely false.”

https://nypost.com/2022/06/06/doc-antle-of-tiger-king-charged-with-money-laundering/ Tiger King’s Doc Antle accused of money laundering

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