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Washington Man Indicted for Possession of Unauthorized Access Devices and Stolen Identification Document

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mill Creek, Washington, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of Unauthorized Access Devices and Possession of Stolen Identification Document.

Mythyas Godiava, age 42, was indicted on April 19, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on April 26, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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 charges relate to an incident that occurred on April 4, 2016, where Godiava possessed fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, and a stolen passport.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Homeland Security Investigations, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.   

Godiava was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for June 28, 2016.

Updated May 5, 2016