It may be one of the stiffest fines ever leveled in a wildlife case in Washington County, but Chipley restaurant owner Sang Ba Nguyen must pay $3,000 and serve one year probation after pleading no contest to 20 wildlife law violations.
Nguyen was sentenced by Washington County Judge Colby Peel in Chipley.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators say Nguyen, who also goes by the name of “Filang” or “Fila,” allegedly bought several dozen deer in 2004 and 2005 and then resold the meat to Asian buyers along the Gulf Coast from Bay to Escambia Counties.
They said he transported and sold deer in New Orleans, but that market vanished after Hurricane Katrina.
Anyone with information about fish and wildlife crimes in Florida can call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 1-888-404-3922. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may receive a reward ranging from $25 - $1,000, depending on the violation.