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On 1/3/19 Master Guide, Brian Simpson, age 57, of Fairbanks, AK. was sentenced in Nome District Court to a lifetime revocation of his guide license, 60 days in Jail with 60 days suspended, $65,000 in fines with $30,000 suspended, $2,600 in restitution, and 1 yr. of probation. The sentence was in accordance with a plea agreement with the Office of Special Prosecutions. Simpson was charged with two criminal counts of aiding in the commission of a violation by using employees on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients in GMU22, and three criminal counts of guiding on federal land in The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve without prior authorization.
On 8/18/17 the State of Alaska Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions filed charges against Master Guide-Outfitter Brian L. Simpson, 56 of Fairbanks, (DBA. Wittrock Outfitters) on three counts of Guide - Hunt On Private, State, or Federal Land without Prior Authorization, and two counts of Aiding in the Commission of a Violation. Assistant Guide, Tyler Weyiouanna, 26 of Shishmaref, was charged with one count of Unlawful Methods - Using a Motorized Vehicle to Harass Game, and one count of Guide - Aid in Commission of Violation. Employee, Matthew Iyatunguk, 28 of Nome, was charged with one count of Unlawful Methods - Using a Motorized Vehicle to Harass Game. The charges stem from an investigation launched by Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Nome, following a Wildlife Safe Guard complaint of Illegal Bear Guiding activity in GMU22 in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve during the spring of 2016.
Posted on 8/23/2017 9:45:47 AM by DPS\mscresswell