Jeffrey Pierce Credit: Courtesy of Maine Legislature

A Dresden man who served in the Maine House of Representatives for four years pleaded not guilty to charges he fraudulently obtained hunting licenses, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Jeffrey Pierce entered the plea by mail on Thursday, the newspaper reported.

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The Maine Warden Service is claiming Jeffrey Pierce failed to disclose that he had a felony criminal record when he purchased firearms hunting permits in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Pierce was pardoned by former Gov. Paul LePage for a felony drug trafficking conviction in 1982, but he is still subject to prosecution because the pardon does not expunge his record.

[Former lawmaker accused of illegally getting hunting licenses]

Pierce is facing three misdemeanor charges in connection with the hunting licenses.

The Republican served as a state representative from 2015 to 2018 and has said he is the subject of a media “witch hunt.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.