Did Liz Cheney commit a misdemeanor by lying to get a Wyoming fishing license?

By David Edwards
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:51 EDT
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Liz Cheney could be facing a misdemeanor charge and fines of up to $1,000 for lying about her residency to get a type of fishing license reserved for longtime Wyomingites.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported on Monday that Cheney had been improperly listed on her Wyoming fishing license application as a 10-year resident of the state only 72 days after closing on her Wilson home in 2012.

State law requires residents to live in Wyoming for at least one consecutive year before being eligible for a less-expensive in-state license.

Wyoming Game and Fish project coordinator Mark Nelson told the Star-Tribune that Cheney could be fined $220 and be charged with a misdemeanor for making false statements. And if she decides to contest the fine, a judge could choose to push it up to $1,000.

“At this point we’re going to follow up on this like any other residency issues,” Nelson explained. “It’s at the initial stages of verification.”

But Cheney insisted to the paper that she never lied to the Game and Fish Department.

“The clerk must have made a mistake,” she said. “I never claimed to be a 10-year resident.”

Applicants for fishing licenses are required to produce proof of address, date of birth and length of residency.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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