ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage resident has been sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to repay $5,449.36 for illegally collecting Permanent Fund Dividends.
Wayne Wilson Evans, 66, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., had pleaded no contest to a felony forgery charge.
Investigators with the Permanent Fund Dividend Division said Evans used the name of a cousin, Earl Machmer, who died in 1937, to apply for and receive dividends from 1988 through 1993.
The state was tipped off to Evans' scheme in 1994. Investigators said Evans claimed Machmer was his twin brother and had left the state following an argument. Evans said he had no way of reaching Machmer.
Investigators were able to locate a death certificate for Machmer in New York in 1998 and charges were filed against Evans in 1999.
In addition to full restitution and probation, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Evans to six months in jail. The jail term was suspended on the condition that he not violate terms of his probation. Wolverton sentenced Evans on Sept. 25.
In addition to probation and restitution, Evans will forfeit his rights to any future dividends.
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