56-year-old Robert W. Fabick of St. Louis pled guilty last week in federal court to misdemeanor charges for creating and using a fraudulent stamp in order to circumvent the lottery draw process at the Duck Creek Waterfowl Draw on the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Stoddard County. On December 16, 2014, conservation officials investigated a complaint that Fabick had fired a shot several minutes before legal shooting hours were scheduled to begin. When confronted by officials, they discovered Fabick had not registered for the lottery draw that morning. He admitted that he used a fraudulent stamp to mark his hunting pass, so that he could bypass the lottery draw process for waterfowl hunting. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Fabick is subject to a complete revocation of all hunting privileges on both public and private lands for three years. Fabick was also ordered to pay a fine of $5, 000 for using the fraudulent stamp and a fine of $100 for attempting to take migratory birds before lawful shooting hours.
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