A 71-year-old former Alaskan will perform community work and pay $8,000 restitution after his conviction for defrauding the state for a permanent fund dividend check.
The Department of Revenue says in a release William F. Ristow will serve 720 hours of community service for the PFD violation and for illegally obtaining resident hunting tags. The service is in lieu of 90 days in jail.
Ristow is a former North Pole resident. Alaska Wildlife Troopers began an investigation following a tip from other North Pole residents that he was claiming residency for an undeveloped property in Fairbanks, where he parked a trailer.
Prosecutors say he now lives in Washington and Arizona.
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