BEAUMONT, Texas — A 55-year-old Braidwood, Ill., geneticist has been sentenced for acquiring semen from illegally imported deer in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales recenty.
Dr. Raymond Favero pleaded guilty July 11 to the felony offense of acquiring wildlife in interstate commerce in violation of state law and federal laws and has been sentenced to three years probation by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.
Favero was also fined $6,000 and ordered to pay community restitution in the amount of $24,000 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
According to information presented in court, on Feb. 1, 2007 , Favero acquired 184 straws of whitetail deer semen valued at approximately $92,000 which he drew from a buck which he knew had been transported illegally from an out-of-state source. Then again, on Jan. 28, 2008, Favero acquired another 110 straws of whitetail deer semen valued at approximately $55,000.
Favero knew that Texas law prohibits any importation of live whitetail deer or live mule deer due to the threat of diseases.