Man fined in Ohio for importing deer to SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a Charleston man has been fined $235,000 for a scheme to import deer from Ohio to South Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported that 61-year-old James Schaffer has been fined for being part of a scheme to take 54 whitetail deer from Ohio to his Bamberg County hunting preserve.

Schaffer last year paid $250,000 in state fines and penalties for the scheme.

U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart in Columbus, Ohio, said Thursday that Schaffer also will serve six months of electronically monitored home confinement and 500 hours community service in the South Carolina park system.

Experts say Northern and Midwestern deer are valued because they have more meat and larger antlers than most deer in South Carolina.

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