Indiana/Alaska Man Charged with for 28 Residency Violations

A man fishing as a Soldotna resident was recently picked up for claiming benefits in two states.


David L. Watts, whom Alaska Wildlife Troopers identify as a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was charged with 28 infringements related to claims of Alaskan residency.


According to Troopers, Watts has been hunting and fishing as a resident from 2008-2012, but also claimed benefits as a resident of Indiana.


Among the 15 misdemeanors and 13 violations, Watts allegedly landed IFQ halibut in Homer with an improper CFEC state permit card during the halibut IFQ fishery in 2012.


Watts faces 6 counts of Unsworn Falsification 2nd Degree, 7 counts of hunting big game without a nontransferable locking tag, 1 count of hunting brown bear without a guide, 9 violations form making false statements on permit applications, 3 counts of hunting without a license, 1 count of personal use fishing without a resident sport fish license and 1 count of unlawfully taking /possessing personal use fish.

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