Two Men Indicted for Violating Migratory Bird Act
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Violate the Lacey Act, Failure to Lawfully Tag Migratory birds, and the Sale and Possession of Wildlife in Violation of Migratory Bird Act. Rexrode is also charged with False Labeling on Waterfowl Tags.
Jeremy Hoefs, age 28, and Damien Rexrode, age 29, were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 10, 2012. They appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on May 31, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charges relate to an allegation that in the fall of 2009, in Marshall County, the defendants took ducks and geese that were not lawfully tagged, shot ducks over the possession limit, guided hunters who did not have valid hunting licenses, and altered dates on tags to show the migratory birds were taken on a series of days and not on a single day. The charges are merely an accusation, and Hoefs and Rexrode are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Hoefs and Rexrode were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.