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August 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Alaskan pilot could face $1M fine for transporting alcohol to ‘dry’ community

A 70-year-old Alaskan pilot and charter-business owner convicted of alcohol importation could face a $1 million fine and jail time, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Ken Jouppi and his business, KenAir, were found guilty of turning a blind eye to the illegal alcohol carried in his Cessna 206 by a passenger flying to Beaver, a community in Northwestern Alaska that has passed laws banning the sale of alcohol. In such “dry” communities, a 750-milliliter bottle can bring up to $250.

Prosecutors said Jouppi’s actions amounted to willful ignorance of the communities’ alcohol ban. The conviction, for misdemeanor alcohol importation, could bring a fine of between $200,000 and $1 million because the Alaska Legislature recently increased penalties for corporations convicted of crimes, according to prosecutor Gustaf Olson with the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals.

 

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