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Posing as a resident angler costly

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A United States resident has been fined a total of $5,000 for several angling-related offences.

Wojciech Rzepka, of Park Ridge, Ill., was convicted of three counts of possessing a void fishing licence and fined $3,300.

He also was fined $850 for angling without a valid licence and $850 for making a false statement to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.

Court heard that on Aug. 20, a conservation officer contacted Rzepka as he fished on Lac Seul, near Ear Falls.

Rzepka told the officer he lived in Mississauga and showed him his Ontario resident Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag for residents.

But an investigation revealed Rzepka had been posing as an Ontario resident since 1993 in order to obtain resident fishing licences.

Rzepka has never lived in Ontario.

Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case Nov. 9 in Kenora.

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