Two charged with forgery after fishing license check

A Shelton man and Berlin woman are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court June 14 after being charged with forgery following a fishing license check on the Quinnipiac River.

The two Connecticut residents were arrested on forgery charges for possession of fishing licenses that they had allegedly illegally created, according to a press release by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. (DEEP)

During a fishing enforcement patrol along the Quinnipiac River in Meriden on April 18, a DEEP Environmental Conservation (ENCON) Police Officer witnessed Bradford L. Benton, 47, of Shelton, and Kelly N. Shemeth, 24, of Berlin, both actively fishing.

The Officer approached the two to conduct a fishing compliance check and observed that their fishing licenses did not appear to conform with the type of document now in use.  A check of records revealed that neither Shemeth or Benton had purchased valid 2016 fishing privileges and the document they had was similar in format to an old 2011 fishing license.

The ENCON Officers applied for warrants for the arrest of both Shemeth and Benton and they were issued by Meriden Superior Court.  Both Shemeth and Benton turned themselves in June 1 at the Connecticut State Police Barracks Troop A in Southbury.

Benton and Shemeth were both charged with forgery 2nd degree, conspiracy to commit forgery in the 2nd degree, and fishing without a license.

They were each released on a court ordered $1,000 surety bond.