Two Connecticut residents charged for fraudulent fishing licenses

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Two Connecticut anglers where arrested arrested Wednesday after being caught fishing with fraudulent licenses.

According to authorities, a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (ECON) Police Officer observed Bradford L. Benton, 47, of Shelton and Kelly N. Shemeth, 24, of Berlin both actively fishing. The officer approached both anglers to conduct a fishing license compliance check and found that their fishing licenses did not appear to conform with the correct document currently used. A records check revealed that neither Benton nor Shemeth purchased a 2016 license and was using one similar in format to a 2011 license.

According to troopers, both Benton and Shemeth turned themselves in Wednesday to State Troopers at the Troop A barracks in Southbury. They are charged with forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, and fishing without a license. They are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on June 14th.


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