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July 6, 1995
A former Playboy mansion animal keeper charged with helping run a $1-million Australian cockatoo egg theft ring was convicted Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court on three smuggling-related charges. Theodora Swanson, 35, was found guilty of conspiracy, smuggling and attempted import of wildlife taken in violation of foreign law. She was ordered by Judge David V. Kenyon to return Sept. 11 for sentencing. Swanson could face up to 15 years in prison plus a $750,000 fine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Playboy Mansion animal keeper convicted of helping run a $1-million bird-smuggling ring was sentenced Monday to 37 months in prison. Theodora Swanson, 36, was convicted in July of helping a group of high school buddies steal rare cockatoo eggs from the birds' nests in the Australian outback. The thieves then sneaked the eggs under their shirts into this country. Hatched here by bird sellers masquerading as breeders, the parrot-like birds sell for more than $10,000 to bird collectors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A New Zealand man was arrested Friday in Costa Mesa, and hundreds of exotic birds were seized across the nation and overseas as federal agents capped what they described as a three-year investigation of an international parrot-smuggling ring. Assistant U.S. Atty. John Walsh said the ring ran a round-trip operation, bringing the rare birds to this country from New Zealand and carrying fertile eggs--strapped to couriers' bodies to keep them warm--back to the island nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1995
A former Playboy mansion animal keeper charged with helping run a $1-million Australian cockatoo egg theft ring was convicted Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court on three smuggling-related charges. Theodora Swanson, 35, was found guilty of conspiracy, smuggling and attempted import of wildlife taken in violation of foreign law. She was ordered by Judge David V. Kenyon to return Sept. 11 for sentencing. Swanson could face up to 15 years in prison plus a $750,000 fine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A New Zealand man was arrested Friday and hundreds of exotic birds were seized across the nation and overseas as federal agents in Los Angeles capped what they described as a three-year investigation of an international parrot-smuggling ring. Assistant U.S. Atty. John Walsh said the ring ran a round-trip operation, bringing the rare birds to this country from New Zealand and carrying fertile eggs--strapped to couriers' bodies to keep them warm--back to the island nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Playboy Mansion animal keeper convicted of helping run a $1-million bird-smuggling ring was sentenced Monday to 37 months in prison. Theodora Swanson, 36, was convicted in July of helping a group of high school buddies steal rare cockatoo eggs from the birds' nests in the Australian outback. The thieves then sneaked the eggs under their shirts into this country. Hatched here by bird sellers masquerading as breeders, the parrot-like birds sell for more than $10,000 to bird collectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A New Zealand man was arrested Friday in Costa Mesa, and hundreds of exotic birds were seized across the nation and overseas as federal agents capped what they described as a three-year investigation of an international parrot-smuggling ring. Assistant U.S. Atty. John Walsh said the ring ran a round-trip operation, bringing the rare birds to this country from New Zealand and carrying fertile eggs--strapped to couriers' bodies to keep them warm--back to the island nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A New Zealand man was arrested Friday and hundreds of exotic birds were seized across the nation and overseas as federal agents in Los Angeles capped what they described as a three-year investigation of an international parrot-smuggling ring. Assistant U.S. Atty. John Walsh said the ring ran a round-trip operation, bringing the rare birds to this country from New Zealand and carrying fertile eggs--strapped to couriers' bodies to keep them warm--back to the island nation.
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