Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Passing Counterfeit United States Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit United States Currency
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Kimball, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James Steckley, d/b/a Steckley’s Wild Dakota Outfitters, age 44, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2013 for Alteration and Falsification of Records, Making False Statements and Lacey Act Violation.
Steckley appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 25, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release and an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. Restitution may also be ordered. The charges are merely accusations, and Steckley is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case. Steckley was released on bond pending trial which has not been set.