(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Gibson Guitar Corp., based out of Nashville, must pay a $300,000 fine and additionally make a $50,000 community service payment for conservation because federal court found them guilty of illegally obtaining ebony wood, reports The Tennessean.
On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department released evidence that Gibson illegally obtained ebony from Madagascar during October 2008 to September 2009. The country banned the harvest of ebony and the export of any ebony product that was not in finished form.
The Lacey Act passed in May 2008 made it illegal for any plants, including wood, to be imported into the U.S. if it violated the laws of another country.
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