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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 18, 2013

Watertown Man Charged With Unlawful Taking Of Migratory Birds And Lacey Act Violations

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Watertown, South Dakota, man has been charged with Unlawful Taking of Migratory Birds and Lacey Act Violations by an Information filed October 30, 2013. 

Roger Meyer, age 52, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on November 8, 2013, and pled not guilty to the charge. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 1 year of imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release and an additional year of supervised release upon revocation, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The charges are merely accusations, and Meyer is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
         
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.        

Meyer was released on bond pending trial which has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015