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Oelrichs man arraigned on two separate indictments

March 24, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Oelrichs, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in two separate indictments for Fraud in Connection with Access Device and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Earl D. Dowty, age 45, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2011. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 24, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictments. The maximum penalty upon conviction of the fraud charge is 15 years' imprisonment and 10 years' imprisonment on the firearms charge. The charges are merely accusations, and Dowty is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case. Dowty was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. Trial dates have not yet been set.



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