A Wisconsin official known as the “Sturgeon General” is poised to have a spoiled egg in a caviar-trading scheme.

Prosecutors have accused Ryan Koenigs, a top sturgeon expert at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), after he interrupted an investigation alleging that his workers were using valuable caviar for a scientific study , When those few eggs were being taken instead for the caviar processor.

A Wisconsin man known as the "Sturgeon General" is charged in the caviar funneling scheme.  (IStock)

A Wisconsin man known as the “Sturgeon General” is charged in the caviar funneling scheme. (IStock)

DNR confirmed to Granthshala News on Monday that Koenigs was placed on administrative leave on February 11 after an internal investigation, but Mehr would not comment.

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Hunters and fishermen participating in the annual “Sturgeon Spearing Season” near Oshkosh can keep fish and their eggs provided they do not intend to sell them, according to a report The Associated Press. But workers with DNR – workers overseeing Koenigs – sometimes asked if they could collect eggs from fishermen as part of a breeding study.

Investigators with DNR, along with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, eventually learned that the eggs of these fish were being kept in marked coolers for caviar processing.

Koenigs initially denied any wrongdoing, and even refused to speak with the Caviar processor, despite the phone records that he indicated. He The latter claimed that sometimes their workers would take the eggs to the caviar processor at the request of the fishermen, and sometimes the processor would provide the caviar as a gift to the workers.

Another observer told investigators that the processor had provided caviar for the department “for years,” according to AP. He said the rehab consumed caviar in meetings.

Earlier this month, Koenigs finally admitted that his staff took the sturgeon eggs to a caviar processor while they were using them for reproductive research.

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He Last Thursday he was charged with obstructing the investigation of a conservation warden, with a nine-month prison sentence or a $ 10,000 fine.

“The sale, trade or barter of any part of Lake Sturgeon is prohibited. Investigations have revealed that many citizens were making caviar for others, and accepting Sturgeon Row or ready-made caviar in exchange for their services, which Is an illegal barter, “read as criminal complaint Reported by Granthshala 11 News.