United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Oacoma, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Lacey Act Violations.
Anthony Nogy, age 35, was indicted on March 11, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 20, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between September 24, 2013, and September 30, 2013, Nogy knowingly imported, transported, received, acquired and purchased in foreign commerce one gray wolf, when Nogy knew that said wildlife was taken without a valid hunting license and exported from Canada without the required permits.
The charge is merely an accusation and Nogy 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.
Nogy was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.