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Arizona man pleads guilty to selling eagle fan

PHOENIX An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act by selling golden eagle and other bird parts.

Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Patrick Scott of Tuba City entered his plea in federal court in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Scott faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced Feb. 26.

Court documents show that in January 2008, Scott offered a golden eagle fan for sale online. An undercover officer exchanged emails with Scott and ultimately agreed to buy the fan.

Scott was also accused of buying and selling other migratory bird parts between July 2007 and February 2009.

While the possession and use of migratory bird feathers and other bird parts is allowed for cultural purposes by federally recognized tribes, authorities say it remains illegal to buy, sell or trade them for compensation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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