The Brown family of Alaskan Bush People fame is no stranger to controversy. People have questioned whether matriarch Ami Brown is actually sick. Or whether she is as sick as Discovery Channel has led us to believe she is. People have questioned the reality of relationships that Brown children have been shown to have on the show. Lots of questions have arisen from time to time about this family and how real their reality show is.
One thing that fans have long believed was fake is something that the show is built on. Do the Browns even live in Alaska? Adding to the skepticism on this topic is the very real legal issues the family ran into while back with the state of Alaska. The state has a fund from which they pay their residents yearly dividends. To claim these dividends, paperwork has to be completed and submitted. Several members of Alaskan Bush People clan were charged with falsifying that paperwork. They were charged with not actually living in Alaska for most of the year, a qualification for receiving dividends. Not only were they found guilty of fraud, they were also required to repay dividends they had received from 2009 to 2013. So even the state of Alaska doesn't believe that the Browns live in Alaska most of the time.