2 in Hawaii charged with Alaska dividend fraud

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau grand jury has indicted an Anchorage couple suspected of illegally accepting more than $36,000 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends while living in Hawaii.

Prosecutors contend Brian Faatiliga and Vaealemasina Faatiliga lied on their applications for the state checks for 2008 and 2009.

Residents who want the dividends cannot be absent from Alaska more than 180 days in the year before applying.

According to the Department of Revenue, the Faatiligas and their six children were in Hawaii receiving government benefits from November 2007 to August 2008 at the same time they applied for Alaska dividends.

An anonymous tip about the Faatiligas led to their prosecution.

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