Former North Pole man convicted of Permanent Fund dividend fraud

Associated PressJuly 1, 2012 

A former Alaskan has been convicted of defrauding the state for a Permanent Fund dividend check.

The Department of Law's special prosecution section said 72-year-old William F. Ristow also illegally obtained resident hunting tags.

Ristow agreed Thursday to plead guilty to felony unsworn falsification and failure to purchase a nonresident big game animal tag. He will be sentenced Aug. 27.

Ristow is a former North Pole resident. Alaska Wildlife Troopers began an investigation following a tip from other North Pole residents.

Prosecutors said the agreement calls for Ristow to serve time in prison, pay restitution and pay fines for illegally taking moose and caribou. He also will lose hunting and fishing privileges in Alaska for five years.

Prosecutors said he now lives in Washington and Arizona.

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