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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Redfield Woman Sentenced For Theft Of Government Funds

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Redfield, South Dakota woman convicted of Theft of Government Funds and Misuse of Benefits by a Representative Payee was sentenced on April 23, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Jana Harford, age 40, was sentenced to 1 year of unsupervised probation, $7,433.90 in restitution, and a $200 special assessment.

Harford was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 14, 2012. A jury found her guilty on both counts on October 23, 2012.

The conviction is a result of the Defendant defrauding the Old Age, Survivor, and Disability Insurance Program administered by the Social Security Administration. Harford misused Title II disability benefits she received as the representative payee between December 2010 and June 2011.

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015