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Huron Man Sentenced for Credit Union Burglary

May 19, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Huron man charged with burglary of a federal credit union was sentenced on May 19, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Cory D. Bender, age 30, was sentenced to five months in custody followed by five months of home detention. He was also ordered to pay over $500 in restitution.

Bender was indicted for Burglary of a Federal Credit Union by a federal grand jury on November 9, 2010. Bender was employed at the M-O Federal Credit Union as a maintenance worker. In the early morning hours of October 22, 2010, he gained access to the credit union using a key he obtained through his employment. While inside, he opened a safe and stole nearly $20,000 in cash. Bender broke a window to give the appearance of a forced entry into the credit union. He was caught later the same day after law enforcement questioned all employees. Bender eventually confessed and was arrested. He pled guilty to the indictment on February 23, 2011.

This case was investigated by the Huron Police Department, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the FBI. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.
Bender was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.

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