Sunday, 12 July, 2020

Carole Baskin Awarded Control Over Joe Exotic’s Zoo

Carole Baskin Wins Control of Oklahoma Zoo That Used to Be Joe Exotic's 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin granted control of Joe Exotic's Oklahoma zoo properties: report
Deanna Wagner | 02 June, 2020, 12:25

As anyone who has watched the Netflix doc, Tiger King will know, Carole and Joe's feud was played out on screen, with the pair engaging in a long and dramatic rivalry over the course of many years.

Big Cat Rescue Corporation's Carole Baskin has been awarded the zoo once owned by her nemesis, Joe Exotic.

An Oklahoma judge ruled in favour of Baskin's Big Cat Rescue Corporation Monday in its lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC, (GWDC). The current owners have 120 days to vacate Tiger King Park, including removing all zoo animals from the land.

Per Court House News, Maldonado-Passage - better known a Joe Exotic - committed fraud in 2011 when he transferred the properties to his mother, Shirley M. Schreibvogel in order to keep it out of reach for creditors should Baskin's company, Big Cat Rescue, win a lawsuit against Maldonado-Passage.

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"Schreibvogel also admitted in 2015, via a confession of judgment she entered into to resolve a lawsuit filed against her by the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee overseeing Joe Maldonado's personal bankruptcy estate, that the zoo land was fraudulently transferred to her by Joe Maldonado in 2011 to avoid his creditors". He and his wife, Lauren, tell TMZ, "We have long anticipated that the judge would eventually undo the 2016 land transfer".

As you will no doubt remember, Exotic - real name Joe Maldonado-Passage - is now serving a 22-year prison sentence for attempting to hire a man to kill his longtime rival Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue.

"All of Jeff's focus is on opening the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, (Oklahoma), which should be opening in the next 120 days". He is also guilty of eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act. He is also presiding over a counter lawsuit Maldonado-Passage filed against several federal agencies.

The "Tiger King" is now in a Dallas-Fort Worth medical centre after other inmates tested positive for Covid-19.