The “Alaskan Bush People” may not be who they say they are. According to a Thursday report on TMZ, Billy Brown and son Joshua Brown (Bam) have pled guilty to defrauding the State of Alaska by filling out false claim forms for PFD payments received during the years 2009-2012. PFD payments are paid from the state’s vast oil wealth to Alaskans who live in the state for one full calendar year.
In the plea agreement, only the father and Bam were included in the court sentencing of two years of probation, 40 hours of community service and restitution. The plea agreement would allow the other siblings, minors at the time, and their mother to get off with just a $3000 restitution payment. Matt, the eldest son, was not included in the matter because he did not file a PFD application, which has been a matter of intense speculation. The community service cannot be affiliated with the filming in the least, but fans would love to get to actually see Billy Brown doing some kind of work instead of barking out orders to his boys.
Yahoo.com reports that Brown estimated he “stole” around $7,956. from the state. More significant to fans than the money is the fact that the family really was not living in the bush and discovered by the network as we were told. In these court proceedings, father and son both admitted that they left Alaska in 2009 and did not return until 2012. This proves a theory that many observers have put forth that the show was not “real,” but a reenactment of an earlier period in their family when the siblings were younger.
Before “Alaskan Bush People,” the Browns had been trying to sell their father’s book about their years in the Bush as a movie or documentary type of show. Discovery instead cast the show as a reality TV show about their current family. It was a bit much to swallow that all these grown men were sleeping in one room with their parents and their sisters for their whole lives. Social media made keeping that secret a bit difficult as people and places from the Browns’ lives began to surface on Facebook.
“Alaskan Bush People” has returned for another season on Discovery Channel. Viewers could hardly wait for the second new episode on Wednesday night to find out whether Ami Brown, the mother of the Brown clan, survived her serious health threat. She was airlifted off the island in the Season Premier with severe neck pain. She was home at their “house” on Chichagoff Island in this episode, and the explanation for her condition was some type of bone deterioration that resulted in a painful injury requiring bedrest.
Viewers barely got through this episode when the previews showed another emergency situation. The producers are calling for medics for Billy. Most disturbingly, again this week, viewers were treated to the Browns discussing the death of another parent. There was a discussion of where he would spend his last 24 hours. So, again, viewers were left in suspense, wondering if Billy survived another coma, which was the impression they were given of his condition. Then, today we hear news that the patriarch of Browntown is pleading by remote camera in a fraud case.
So, what do we know? Well, twice this season viewers of “Alaskan Bush People” have fallen for the cliff-hanger ending of one of the Browns being dead….and there has only been two episodes so far! Whatever the seriousness of the Browns’ individual conditions, it sure seems that we were purposely pushed along a precipice to think the worst, doesn’t it? Somehow, that just seems like they were taking advantage of their fans, doesn’t it? It sure seems like we have heard other accounts of the Browns being just a smidge less than straightforward, doesn’t it? What do you think? Leave a comment below.