Tour Guide Sentenced For Theft Of Fossils From Public Land

03 Oct 2012 7:26 PM | Anonymous

Tour Guide Sentenced For Theft Of Fossils From Public Land

By Department of Justice-Alaska District 10/01/2012 09:02:00

Anchorage, Alaska B Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis announced Friday that an Anchorage woman was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for conspiracy to commit theft of fossil resources on public land in Alaska.

Karen Ann Jettmar, 61, a commercial river tour guide, was sentenced on September 13, by Chief United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline, to a $30,000 fine and three years’ probation.  The probationary conditions require that Jettmar cease all commercial activity on public lands for three years, return a fossil bone she collected illegally on public lands in 2009, and make certain changes to her business web site.  Jettmar was ordered to post on the web site a warning that it is illegal on all state, federal and privately owned lands to remove, without a permit or authorization, any objects of pre-historic, historic, archeological, or cultural interest.  The court also ordered Jettmar to remove from her web site anything that could cause customers to expect they might engage in collecting such objects while on guided tours.

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