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Feds bust monkey blood scam

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A broker of human blood and animal blood products in Winchester has pleaded guilty to shipping monkey blood but falsely labeling it as human.

Phillip Lloyd of Clear Brook, 57, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

Prosecutors say Lloyd owned and managed Biochemed Services Inc. Authorities say Biochemed packaged and shipped to other countries blood of squirrel monkeys and other primates. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must inspect shipments of animal blood to help protect endangered species.

According to his plea agreement, Lloyd labeled and shipped the animal blood as being human to avoid the inspections.

Prosecutors say Lloyd was targeted in a sting in which a Fish and Wildlife official posed as being with a Canadian research firm.

 

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