Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Plaquemine man on alleged forgery charges on Oct. 14.
LDWF Special Investigation Unit (SIU) agents arrested John Boudreaux, 51, on felony charges of forgery, injuring public records and filing false public documents and booked him into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.
Agents started the investigation in September of 2011 after receiving a tip from an alligator hunter about a man illegally acquiring alligator tags from the department. Agents found that Boudreaux forged signatures on alligator tag applications in order to obtain the rights to hunt alligators on land that he did not have permission.
According to LDWF records, Boudreaux illegally obtained 150 tags and harvested 149 alligators in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes since 2001.
An alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. LDWF issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest. Wild alligator tags can only be issued to licensed alligator hunters and are nontransferable.
Injuring and filing false records brings up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail with or without hard labor for each count. Forgery carries a $5,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail with or without hard labor.
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Ronnie Hebert, Sgt. Dusty Rhodes and Senior Agents Jerry Stassi, Louis Burnett and Ladd Turner.
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