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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Black Hawk Man Indicted For Tampering, Accessory After The Fact, And False Statement

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Black Hawk, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly aiding another individual in the theft of property belonging to the South Dakota Army National Guard between September 2012 and March 2013.
         
Craig Whitford, age 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 22, 2013, for Tampering, Accessory after the Fact, and False Statement.    

Whitford appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 28, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 
         
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for the charge of Tampering, and 5 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each of the charges of Accessory after the Fact and False Statement.  The charges are merely accusations and Whitford is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 
         
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Army National Guard.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen is prosecuting the case. 
         
Whitford was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has been set for December 17, 2013.          

Updated June 22, 2015