- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A former nominee to the Alaska Board of Fisheries has been charged with misdemeanor wildlife violations in Montana.

Roland Maw, a Kasilof commercial fisherman, has been charged with seven counts related to purchasing resident sporting licenses, authorities said.

Candy Hoerning, a judge in Beaverhead County, Montana, said the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks filed the counts on March 12 alleging Maw purchased licenses as a resident when he was not a resident.

Maw declined comment on Tuesday. Gov. Bill Walker nominated Maw to the Alaska fisheries board in January. Maw withdrew from consideration in February.

Alaska commercial fishing permit records say Maw received commercial fishing permits as an Alaska resident from 1999 to 2014. Before that, his residency varied between Alaska and Canada from 1983 to 1997.

In 1998, he is listed as both a resident and a nonresident of Alaska, according to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission database.

In Montana, a sporting license is good for an array of animals, including fish, elk, deer, migratory birds and other species.

The penalty for purchasing a resident license as a nonresident is a fine of between $100 and $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail. An individual also forfeits their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for at least 18 months.

Hoerning said Maw has not yet responded to the charges and has until March 31 to contact the court.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she couldn’t say whether or not Maw is under investigation in Alaska, or if authorities in that state communicated with officials in Montana.

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