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Man pleads guilty, will pay fines for illegally harvesting ginseng

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TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wis. (WKOW) -- An Independence man who pleaded no contest to illegally harvesting ginseng and will pay thousands in fines.

Trempealeau County prosecutors charged 43-year-old Timothy Kampa in February with 32 counts ranging from harvesting ginseng out-of-season to failing to get permission to harvest on private land.

He pleaded no contest to eight counts in April and now Judge John Damon has ordered Kampa to pay $2,748 in fines and $1,000 in restitution to landowners who lost their ginseng to him. Plus, he must forfeit the roughly 14 pounds of dry ginseng DNR wardens seized from him, worth an estimated $10,000.

Kampa's attorney, Thomas Bilski, says Kampa has been gathering ginseng all his life and pays little attention to boundaries.

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