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Deer in Lancaster County Central Park.

Misdemeanor charges of illegally selling deer parts have been refiled against the former owners of a Chinese restaurant in Lititz.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Greg Graham of the Pennsylvania Game Commission filed 17 wildlife violations Wednesday against Shi Lu Eng and her husband, Chun Dwong Eng, of Lititz, in the office of District Justice Ed Tobin.

Shi Lu Eng, 55, was cited with 15 violations for alleged illegal transport of deer parts to sell in New York City. She and her husband, 67, were each cited with one count of possessing deer parts with the intent to sell at the restaurant they once owned in Lititz.

The same charges were first filed against the couple last July, but the charges were dropped by the Game Commission in November.

Graham told LNP on Wednesday that the charges were dropped after new information came to light and the investigation into more serious violations was opened. “But it didn’t pan out,” Graham said.

According to the Game Commission, Shi Lu Eng repeatedly removed deer parts discarded from deer processors used by hunters in Elizabethtown and New Holland. She persisted in after-hours raids on dumpsters even after being told to stop, according to the Game Commission.

In December 2015, some 300 to 400 pounds of deer parts, including brains, heads and skinned tails, were found inside the restaurant.

The Engs told the Game Commission they were using the deer meat only for their own use and that it was not used in any food served at the restaurant.

The restaurant was later sold.

Each charge carries a fine of $1,000-$1,500 and up to 90 days in jail.

In a separate case, Shi Lu Eng pleaded guilty and was fined $2,250 in New York in February 2016 for unlawfully possessing protected wildlife, importing deer spinal cord parts from outside New York and failing to comply with mandatory tagging requirements.

The charges were filed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation after officers said Eng was found selling deer rib cages and spines from a van in New York’s Chinatown neighborhood.