US Attorney’s Office Recommends Reduced Sentence For Fuglvog

The U.S. Attorney’s office is recommending a reduced sentence for Arne Fuglvog.

The former fisheries aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski pleaded guilty in August to falsifying records for his sablefish catch in 2005. That year, illegal fishing earned Fuglvog an estimated $100,000. Court documents estimate the total value of Fuglvog’s illegal harvests between 2001 and 2006 at $1 million.

The terms of Fuglvog’s plea agreement included a $50,000 punitive fine, a $100,000 community service payment and a public apology in National Fisherman’s Magazine.

The plea agreement also recommended 10 months in jail, but in a sentencing memorandum released this week, the U.S. Attorney’s office reduced that recommendation to 5 months, citing Fuglvog’s cooperation during the investigation.

Sentencing is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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