The owner of a company that sells Hawaiian-themed souvenirs was sentenced to six months in jail this afternoon and fined $40,000 for smuggling walrus ivory and whale teeth into and out of the country and for importing black coral without a permit.
The company, Hawaiian Accessories Inc., was also fined $50,000.
Curtis P. Wilmington, 65, pleaded guilty to the charges on behalf of himself and his company in March.
He admitted that he purchased the ivory and whale teeth from a person in Alaska. That person turned out to be an undercover government agent.
Wilmington said he sent the ivory with pieces of koa wood to the Philippines, where they were carved into fish hooks, had the hooks sent back to Hawaii and sold them as “Made in Hawaii” products. He also admitted to importing black coral from Mexico without a permit.