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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 27, 2013

Flandreau Man Indicted For Failure To Pay Child Support

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Flandreau, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Pay Child Support.

Michael L. VanBeek, Jr., age 43, was indicted on September 10, 2013, for failing to pay over $28,608.00 in past due child support to three separate custodial parents.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on September 25, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release and 1 additional year upon revocation, a $100.00 assessment fee to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and child support restitution amount owing at the time of sentencing. 

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright is prosecuting the case. 

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

Updated June 22, 2015