Looks like hey are going to jail.
After rejecting an earlier plea deal for being too lenient, a Juneau judge on Monday accepted a new deal for two Alaska reality TV stars and sentenced them to serve 30 days in jail for Permanent Fund Dividend fraud.
Billy Brown, the 63-year-old patriarch of the Brown family featured on Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People,” and one of his sons, Joshua Brown, 31, have to report to jail on April 15, according to Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg’s order.
Honestly, jailing people for non-violent crimes is bullshit. Stolen money can always be repaid. Stolen time can't. The $10,000 fine + repaying the money they defrauded the state + being ineligible for future dividends is plenty punishment.
There are plenty of crimes that go uncaught and unpunished, however. If all you have to do is pay the money back and a fine, there isn't a huge incentive not to commit these crimes. 30 days is not a terribly long time.
There are plenty of reasons non-violent crimes have jail sentences. Fraud is a huge category ranging from the benign check bouncing to the down right malicious and extremely damaging pyramid scheme.
Non-violent crimes are not this narrow spectrum in your head bubsy.
Normally I'd agree with you but that gives advantages to the very rich who would essentially play risky wallstreet games with MORE illegal shit and instead of stocks falling it's just 'getting caught and having to pay a fine'
At least now there are SOME restraints, like jail