Irishman charged with forging NY rhino horns sale

NEW YORK (AP) — An Irishman is facing criminal charges in New York accusing him of illegally selling horns from endangered black rhinos.

A Brooklyn judge ordered Michael Slattery held without bail Wednesday following his arrest over the weekend on charges he forged an official endangered species bill of sale for rhinoceros horns.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn alleges that the 25-year-old Slattery traveled from Europe to Texas to buy two horns for $18,000. It says he then went to New York and used the forged paperwork to sell a total of four horns to a buyer for $50,000.

Prosecutors say Slattery is a member of Ireland’s Gypsy minority, known there as “travellers.” The name of his lawyer wasn’t immediately available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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