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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- The Utah man accused of killing his wife aboard a cruise ship in Southeast Alaska is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing 10 a.m. Wednesday.
- More than 50 pilots and flight attendants picketed Monday afternoon in front of Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. Their goal was to call on Alaska Airlines management to give them what they view as fairer wages and benefits.
- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said being unaffiliated has helped him and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott work on issues without concern about party politics.