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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Timber Lake Woman Charged With Wire Fraud

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Timber Lake, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Wire Fraud.

Crystal Dawn Lind, age 45, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 12, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in which Lind attempted, by wire fraud, to pre-date her son’s car insurance coverage so he could avoid paying for damages he caused to another vehicle, and to avoid a No Insurance citation that was issued to her son.

The charges are merely accusations and Lind is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of Attorney General, Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015