Trial date set for one of the defendants in counterfeit ID case, other defendant pleads not guilty

MASON CITY — The trial date has been set for one of the two Mason City people accused of having up to 100 counterfeit driver’s licenses and ID cards, while the other has pleaded not guilty.

37-year-old Aleksandr Sagaydak and 38-year-old Galina Sagaydak were charged last month with ongoing criminal conduct and forgery. Authorities executed a search warrant at their residence where investigators allegedly found phony driver’s licenses and equipment for manufacturing counterfeit identification cards. Authorities accuse the couple of traveling to department stores in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin and using the fake IDs to fraudulently purchase goods to avoid detection.

As we told you last week, Aleksandr Sagaydak pleaded not guilty last Tuesday to the charges. His trial now has been scheduled to start on August 7th. Online court records show that Galina Sagaydak pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday. A trial date was not indicated.

Both are being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $10-thousand cash-only bond. Ongoing criminal conduct is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, while forgery is a Class D felony which carries a five-year prison term.

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