The father and son duo of “Alaskan Bush People” convicted of fraud on Permanent Fund dividend applications reported to Juneau last week to serve their 30-day sentences. The stars pleaded guilty as part of a deal to spare the rest of the family from being charged.
According to Alaskan Dispatch News, an Alaska Department of Corrections spokesman said Monday that Billy Brown and his son Joshua “Bam Bam” Brown confirmed the pair are serving their sentence with ankle monitors.
The “Alaskan Bush People” cast members were sentenced to 30 days. They each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of second-degree unsworn falsification.
Corey Allen-Young, spokesman for Department of Corrections, said that Bill and Joshua Brown reported for their 30 days of electronic monitoring last Wednesday. They must report to a probation officer in Juneau and provide urine samples at least once a week.
Allen-Young explained that inmates interested in serving their prison sentences at home must apply for the department’s electronic monitoring system. Inmates must provide the department with a list of qualifications that meet program guidelines. Some of these, in part, mean inmates must not have weapons or alcohol inside their homes. Moreover, inmates cannot be convicted sex offenders and are required to have a working landline phone.
Allen-Young says inmates must be “considered very low-risk.”
— Alaska Dispatch News (@adndotcom) April 19, 2016
Charges were filed in 2014 against the Brown family when it was discovered they lived out-of-state while accepting Permanent Fund dividend checks eligible only to Alaskan residents. Residents can leave the state for up to 180 days and still be eligible for the checks.
“Alaskan Bush People” season 4 premieres on the Discovery Channel May 6th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.