FL: turkey hunting lands Salt Springs man in jail
March 26, 2010
A passion for turkey hunting lands Salt Springs man in jail by Willie
Howard A Salt Springs man, apparently an avid turkey hunter, spent the
opening morning of Central Florida’s spring turkey season in jail.
According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Keith
Allen Kelly, 48, was charged with six felony counts related to illegally
obtained quota hunt permits for last year’s turkey hunt.
“This is the largest and most in-depth case of its kind in Florida,” said
FWC Officer Troy Starling.
Starling began investigating Kelly last year after receiving complaints
that the hunter was manipulating the state’s spring quota hunt permit
The FWC obtained help from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s
crime lab in extracting information from Kelly’s computer resulting in
charges of identity theft for using other people’s names and personal
information to apply for permits for spring turkey hunts.
With additional names applying for quota permits, Kelly was increasing
his chances of receiving them.
“Not only did Mr. Kelly cheat the system, he stole personal information
from law-abiding hunters he had guided on previous hunts,” said Capt. Gregg
Eason, area supervisor for the FWC.
To report possible violations of fish, wildlife and boating laws, call
the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922. Those providing tips may
remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
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