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Heiress and ‘Instagram model’ sentenced for importing and selling apparel made from endangered species

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An Italian model was ordered to complete 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty to illegally importing and selling products made of python skin.

Italian mining heiress and model Stephanie Scolaro was scolded in the Southwark Crown Court in the UK by Judge Michael Gledhill, who called the 26-year-old “utterly self-centered.”

The British Police began investigating Scolaro in 2016, after German customs agents seized a package from Indonesia containing items made from python skins, with a total worth of about $20,000.

Realizing it was on its way to Scolaro’s family in London, the Metropolitan Police quickly jumped in and discovered the heiress ran a now-defunct website that sold python skin clothing and accessories.

Credit: Instagram/stephyscolaro

According to Heavy, Scolaro admitted to selling the items and later plead guilty to illegal importation charges in 2018, specifically “two counts of importing goods with the intention to evade prohibition; and four counts of keeping for sale specimens of species imported/acquired unlawfully.”

Credit: Instagram/stephyscolaro

While she could have done over seven years behind bars, she got off on 160 hours of community service within a 24-month period.

Like most women of wealth who go scantily-clad on the internet, Scolaro has a massive social media following, with around 106,000 Instagram followers.



The daughter of a British woman, Scolaro is also the daughter of Italian father and mining tycoon, Francesco Scolaro.

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