Illinois & Indiana, hunting license fraud leads to more than $85,000 in fines & License Revocations

In Illinois, 211 counts of falsification were filed. Additionally, those defendants have been ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution and fines, and 21 years of hunting privilege have been revoked.



INDIANAPOLIS — A multi-state investigation into hunting license and permit fraud resulted in more than $85,000 in fines and restitution, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of National Resources.

The investigation was conducted by Indiana Conservation Officers and Illinois Conservation Police, beginning in early 2015 extending through 2016.

Sgt. David Hyatt, Illinois Conservation Police, said "operation double dip" investigated individuals who falsely claimed living in Indiana and Illinois as a way to purchase hunting licenses and deer permits at a cheaper rate.

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

Indiana has recorded an estimated 57 defendants because of this investigation; however, the majority of cases are still pending and final amount of charges has not been determined. Currently, more than $20,500 in restitution has been ordered and 12 years of hunting privileges have been revoked, according to the release.

“Conservation Law Enforcement is an important component in the protection and continual improvement of our state’s natural resources,” said Col. Danny L. East, Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division director. “The cooperative efforts of both Indiana and Illinois law enforcement divisions were vital to the success of this case.”

In Illinois, 211 counts of falsification were filed. Additionally, those defendants have been ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution and fines, and 21 years of hunting privilege have been revoked.

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