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Rapid City Man Indicted for Social Security Fraud and False Statements

July 20, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for giving false names, social security numbers, and dates of birth to financial institutions in South Dakota to obtain fraudulent loans and checking accounts in 2008.

Matthew Christopher Kurtenbach, age 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 22, 2011, for three counts of False Statements and three counts of Social Security Fraud. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 20, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is five years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Kurtenbach is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Britt M. Haxton is prosecuting the case. Kurtenbach was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.




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