States investigating hunting license fraud

It’s illegal to falsely claim residency in two states to get in-state hunting and fishing licenses at the cheaper rate, according to Indiana Conservation Officers.

Since early 2015, conservation officers in both state have investigated cases that have resulted in more than $85,000 in fines and restitution, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Both Indiana and Illinois law state, “No person may claim residency in more than one state at the same time for the purpose of purchasing resident hunting or fishing licenses.”

In Illinois, 211 counts of falsification were filed and 21 years of hunting privilege revocations were ordered.

Indiana recorded an estimated 57 defendants because of the Operation Double Dip investigation, according to Indiana DNR.

The majority of Indiana cases are still pending and the final amount of charges has not been determined. So far, $20,581.50 in restitution has been ordered and 12 years of hunting privileges have been revoked against Indiana defendants.