An Australian man who smuggled live scorpions into New
Zealand has been fined more than $10,000.
Iszac Walters, 23, pleaded guilty in October to smuggling six
Black Rock scorpions through Christchurch Airport in
A the Christchurch District Court this afternoon he was fined
$5000 for each of the two charges he faced under the
Biosecurity Act 1993 and was ordered to pay the Ministry of
Primary Industries $1000 in costs.
Walters sold the scorpions to Queenstown brothers James and
Matthew Grant to keep as pets.
Both brothers were sentenced in November to 150 hours
community work after admitting to receiving the arachnids.
Walters returned from Sydney to face the charges.