United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Wanda Dupris, age 44, was indicted on August 22, 2017. She 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 is up to two years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, one year of supervised release, and up to $125 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on June 30, 2015, Dupris did knowingly, and with wanton disregard for the consequences of her actions, possess, sell, barter, and offer to sell and barter a bald eagle and a golden eagle and parts thereof, and other migratory birds and parts thereof.
The charges are merely accusations and Dupris 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.
Dupris was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.