Former Fish Board Appointee Charged With Fraud


The Alaska Dispatch News had a report about controversial former Alaska  Board of Fisheries appointee Roland Maw, who facfes a litany of of charges. Here are some details:

Maw, 72, was charged in Juneau District Court in a document signed by Juneau District Attorney James Scott.

According to the charges, investigators using records from banks, airlines and border crossings found that each year between 2008 and 2014, Maw left Alaska for more than 100 days. At the most, he left for 180 days in 2012.

During that same span of seven years, Maw also bought resident hunting and fishing licenses in Montana. There, he pleaded no contest last year to seven counts of license violations, accused of seeking a Montana resident benefit while separately claiming Alaska as his home. A Montana judge fined him $7,245 and the court banned him from hunting, fishing and trapping in Montana for 18 months.

Under Alaska law, a person cannot get the dividend if he or she has a resident hunting or fishing license from another state during the qualifying year. If Maw had disclosed on his dividend application that he left Alaska for more than 90 days, he would have had to fill out another form that asked him about the out-of-state licenses.

Last year Maw withdrew from consideration after Gov. Bill Walker nominated him for the post.