U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two men and one woman from Pierre have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, and Mail Fraud.
Eric C. Sayer, age 36, was charged with one count of Conspiracy, one count of Wire Fraud, and one count of Mail Fraud; Heather Unser, age 28, and Kevin Unser, age 34, were each charged with one count of Conspiracy; all by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2011. The defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 7, 2011, and each pled not guilty to their respective charges in the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is five years' imprisonment on the conspiracy count and 20 years' custody on the fraud counts. The charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler is prosecuting the case. All defendants were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.