Oregon man fined for illegal fishing

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 2:02 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 47-year-old Oregon man will have to pay $100,000 for falsely reporting where he caught fish in Alaska.

The U.S. attorney's office on Thursday said Freddie Joe Hankins of Cove, Ore., was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Anchorage for falsely reporting in 2007 where he caught 31,000 pounds of halibut sold in Kodiak.

Prosecutors in a release say he reported he caught the halibut in a legal area, but actually fished closer to port in an area where he wasn't allowed to fish.

He was fined $25,000 and must pay $75,000 as a community service payment. In addition, he must place an ad in a trade magazine admitting his wrongdoing. A condition of his three-year probation is that he use electronic monitoring equipment when fishing.

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