Shop owner sentenced for faking Alaska Native carvings

    Photo provided by the Office of the Assistant U.S. Attorney General, via Anchorage Daily News

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - The former owner of an Anchorage gift shop has been sentenced to probation for wrongly marketing hundreds of his own carvings as having been made by an Alaska Native artist.

    Lee Screnock was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation and was banned from selling wildlife products during that time. He was also ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Federal officials say Screnock used the nickname “Savuk” to sell carvings he made himself. Screnock's lawyer says he was given the nickname by an Alaska Native artist he had collaborated with in the past.

     

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