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Selby Man Charged with Violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Selby, South Dakota, man, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Steven Marin, age 46, d/b/a Mobridge Pawn, was indicted on September 12, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 6, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for this misdemeanor offense is up to six months in custody and/or a $15,000 fine, and $10 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between June 11, 2014, and June 18, 2014, Marin, d/b/a Mobridge Pawn, possessed, offered for sale, sold, offer to barter, bartered, delivered for transportation, transported, and caused to be transported, a migratory bird and parts thereof of any such bird.

The charge is merely an accusation and Marin is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan N. Dilges and Eric D. Kelderman are prosecuting the case.   

Marin was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated October 11, 2017