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Golf course architect Keith Foster sentenced to 30 days in prison

March 10, 2019

Golf course architect Keith Foster was sentenced to 30 days in prison on Friday for smuggling and selling items made from endangered species.

Foster, 60, pled guilty to the charges on Dec. 19. According to court records, Foster imported at least 35 shipments of merchandise from 2014 and 2108. He sold the items, totaling nearly $400,000, out of his antique shop, The Outpost in Middleburg, Va.

The items were protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and consisted of things such as sawfish blades, crocodile skin bags and coral.

Foster was also fined $275,000 and agreed to one year of supervised release.

After Foster pleaded guilty in December he was removed of his duties to redesign Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course. Foster is credited with restorations and redesigns at clubs such as The Greenbrier and the Philadelphia Cricket Club, among others.