Pa. man charged in illegal beetle importing

December 26, 2008 8:42:23 PM PST
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged a man with a crime for allegedly importing 25 giant beetles from Taiwan without a permit. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Marc DiLullo of Birdsboro is charged with one count of unauthorized movement of plant pests. If convicted, he could get up to a year in jail, one year on probation and a $100,000 fine.

Prosecutors say someone in Taiwan mailed the package to DiLullo and he tried to pick it up at a post office on May 8. But postal workers were suspicious of the package labeled "toys, gifts and jellies" and notified authorities.

DiLullo was charged Tuesday. His phone number is unlisted; it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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