[h=Man stole friend's identity to hunt bear]2[/h] Posted by crimeblog
Posted: August 15, 2011 - 2:22 pm
From Kyle Hopkins --
A Florida man who stole a friend’s identity to illegally kill a brown bear in Alaska –- then complained about the hunt because he wanted a bigger bear -- has been sentenced to pay more than $66,000 in penalties.
People get in trouble for breaking hunting and fishing laws
in Alaska all the time. But this case has at least one unusual twist.
Jack Vincent Dickerson
, 35, illegally killed a female brown bear on Oct. 1, 2009, in Game Management Unit 9
and had the bear made into a rug, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. But after the hunt, still using the false identity, Dickerson complained to Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures about the quality of the hunt.
He’d wanted a 10-foot trophy male instead, he said. In order to get his money back, Dickerson then told his credit card company that the charges for the hunt were made by someone else.
Dickerson pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 11 to pay $50,000 for one felony count of violating the Lacey Act and felony identity theft. He must also pay $15,150 in restitution to Cabela’s Inc. and $1,300 in restitution to the state of Alaska, the U.S. Attorney’s office says.
Dickerson had used his friend's name to apply online for a hunting license and bear tag because he previously killed a bear in GMU 9 under his own name and was not yet eligible for another hunt
, according to prosecutors.
Read the charges here