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Alaska Dispatch: More Fuglvog fallout?

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Jill Burke | Dec 13, 2011

A commercial fisherman from Oregon may believe that fish don't comply with imaginary boundary lines, but because designated boundaries are part of the nation's federal regulatory process for fisherman, 46-year-old Freddie Lee Hankins has found himself in hot water with the Feds.

Hankins is accused of lying about where he caught some 6,000 pounds of sablefish in summer 2006 that he later sold for about $32,000 to a Seattle-based buyer. It's a familiar scheme. In August, Arne Fuglvog, a fisheries aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, quit his job one day before a plea deal he had struck with prosecutors became public. He allegedly committed similar crimes.

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Hankins was operating Fuglvog's fishing boat, the Kamilar, when he lied about his catch. Federal regulations require fishermen to obtain a permit to take......... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/more-fuglvog-fallout