Owner of Richland restaurant accused of illegally buying meat pleads innocent

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 30, 2013 

— The owner of a Richland Chinese restaurant accused of illegally buying bear gall bladders, pheasants and deer from undercover game officers pleaded innocent today in Benton County Superior Court.

Tai Woan Ng's trial is April 8 and she is out on personal recognizance.

Ng negotiated the purchase of meat and fish outside the back door of the Golden Palace on George Washington Way during a 1 1/2-year sting operation., according to court documents. Though she never requested documentation, receipts or licenses, she allegedly did ask the sellers not to tell anyone of their dealings.

It wasn't clear from court documents if purchases were for the restaurant or personal use.

Ng, 52, is charged with one felony count of second-degree unlawful trafficking in fish, shellfish or wildlife, and three gross misdemeanor counts of the same charge.

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