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Wessington Springs Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and Conspiracy

January 4, 2011
Contact: Brendan V. Johnson
United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Kaila Scofield, age 25, of Wessington Springs, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on January 4, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with Bank Fraud and Conspiracy. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 30 years’ custody, a $1,000,000 fine, or both; 5 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. The charge relates to Scofield defrauding a financial institution on January 4, 2010, and January 29, 2010 .

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for March 28, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.

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