The Brown family from "Alaskan Bush People" are no strangers to controversy. There have been so many stories of the show being fake and them actually living in hotels in town. There was some credence given to those rumors earlier this year as court proceedings were brought for the leader of the family, Billy, and his next to eldest son Josh (Bam Bam).

What were the court proceedings about?

The Browns had been accused of defrauding the state of Alaska out of $27,000 in 2014. Each year, residents of Alaska file for a payment for living there, they certify that they have met the resident parameters set up by the program.

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Allegedly, Billy and Bam Bam claimed to be in Alaska for the period in question but were actually residing somewhere in the lower 48.

In February 2016 they had their day in court. They were ordered to pay a total of $12,000 in fines no later than January 11, 2017. According to Radar Online, on December 17th court records show that Billy Brown paid restitution in the amount of $10,000 and Bam Bam paid $2,000.

Reality TV that isn't truthful?

On the show last season they twisted the situation. Viewers were told that Billy and Bam Bam Brown had to do 30 days in jail.

That wasn't exactly true. While that was the ruling, the Browns actually were given electronic monitoring and not locked up behind bars. At that time it was reported that the two were residing in an apartment while the rest of the Brown clan lived on their boat, supposedly waiting for Billy and Bam Bam to be released.

The once very popular Brown family has been under scrutiny for some time now. As Alaska residents and Alaska journalists speak out against the "reality" of the show and claim that it is scripted, the public has started to listen.

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There has been a big drop in ratings. The number was enough that there were rumors that the show may not survive.

All of this together resulted in the show losing some credibility. If you still plan on watching, the new season is scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel on January 4, 2017.