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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mission Woman Charged With Fraudulently Altered Money Order

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Fraudulently Altered Money Order.

Jamie Walking Eagle, age 27, was indicted on August 21, 2013.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 10, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 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 charge stems from an incident that took place on November 5, 2012, when Walking Eagle fraudulently passed a United States Postal Money Order purchased by another individual that was made payable to Estes Park Court in the amount of $215.00.  Walking Eagle had altered it to be made payable to her.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015