State Wildlife Agency Investigating License Fraud

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is currently investigating a number of cases involving license fraud, according to MDWFP officials.

"We examine license sales reports on a monthly basis," said James Dixon, Director of Program Integrity and Compliance for the MDWFP.

"Anything we observe that appears to be questionable, we try to address as quickly as possible."

According to Dixon, the concern coming from senior management is about individuals who are non-Mississippi residents making false applications to obtain resident hunting and fishing licenses.

Section 49-7-21, Paragraph 7, of the Mississippi Code of 1972 states that any person who obtains a license under an assumed name or makes a materially false statement to obtain a license is guilty of a felony and shall be subject to a fine of up to $2,000 or may be imprisoned for a term not to exceed one year, or both. The hunting privileges of such individuals can also be revoked for a specified length of time.

Department officials also want the public to know that conservation officers will be intensifying license checks in an effort to corral these offenders.

To report this and other violations, dial 1-800-BE-SMART.