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Madison Woman Charged with Theft and Fraud

June 24, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Madison, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for theft of government property and social security fraud.

Robin Lynn Sample, a/k/a Robin VanMaanen, a/k/a Robin Piehl, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 7, 2011, for Theft of Government Property, Social Security Fraud, and Social Security Representative Fraud. She appeared before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on June 24, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Sample is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of Inspector General - Social Security Administration. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case. Sample was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

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