Sharp County Couple Sentenced for Roles in Money Laundering in Sale of Animals to Research Labs

JULY 14, 2006 - Posted at 5:19 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - C.C. Baird, 59, and his wife Patsy Baird, also 59, both of Williford, were sentenced today in federal court for their roles in a money laundering scheme related to the sale of dogs and cats to research facilities.

C.C. Baird was sentenced to three years probation to include six months home detention and fined $7,500.  His wife was sentenced to two years probation with a $2,500 fine.

The Bairds also consented to criminal forfeiture of $200,000 in U.S. currency and approximately 700 acres in Sharp County, valued at approximately $1.1 million, including their residence and former kennel facilities, known as Martin Creek Kennels.  The Bairds agreed to pay approximately $42,400 in partial reimbursement of costs of the investigation as directed by several federal agencies, including the USDA.

The Baird property was raided by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in August 2003.