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Miller Woman Sentenced for Bank Embezzlement and Money Laundering

July 23, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a woman charged with Bank Embezzlement and Money Laundering was sentenced on July 2, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Susan Mareska, age 52, was sentenced to 36 months in custody on each count to run concurrently, 5 years of supervised release, $463,768.64 in restitution, and a $200 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Mareska was indicted for Bank Embezzlement and Money Laundering by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2011. The conviction arose from allegations that Mareska defrauded American Bank and Trust of Miller between January 2003 and September 2008 while she was employed by the bank. She pled guilty on March 13, 2012.

Mareska was sentenced previously for a separate bank embezzlement which also involved American Bank and Trust of Miller.  On January 15, 2010, she was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Karen E. Schreier to 33 months in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  As a part of that sentence, she was ordered to pay $166,834.45 in restitution.  That amount is over and above the $463,768.64 in restitution that was ordered on July 2, 2012.  The custody portion of the 2010 sentence was completed while Mareska was awaiting sentencing on the current charges.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Mareska was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal to begin serving her sentence.




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