Haines big game guide convicted for illegal hunting activities

Tegan Hanlon

A federal judge convicted a long-time Haines big game guide Friday of falsely documenting the amount of meat taken from a 2011 hunt and failing to accurately report the hunt's date and assistant guide's name.

John Katzeek, 64, was convicted in a Juneau federal court on one felony violation of the Lacey Act in connection to a guided hunt with two Canadian citizens. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.

Katzeek's case is part of a larger joint U.S.-Canadian wildlife investigation called Operation Bruin. His sentencing is scheduled for June 23 in Juneau, the statement said.

An indictment filed against Katzeek in July 2013 lists a number of other violations of the Lacey Act and a count for smuggling goods into the U.S. It was unclear if he was acquitted of the other charges or they were dropped

Calls to Katzeek's attorney, Thomas Collins, and the U.S. attorney's office late Friday were not immediately returned.

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