Watertown Woman Found Guilty of Theft of Government Funds and Misuse of Benefits by a Representative Payee
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jana Harford, a/k/a Jana Hagman, a/k/a Jana Becker, a/k/a Jana Jensen, age 38, of Watertown, South Dakota, was convicted October 23, 2012, of Theft of Government Funds and Misuse of Benefits by a Representative Payee as a result of a federal jury trial in Aberdeen. This charge carries a maximum penalty upon Theft of Government Funds of 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. The maximum penalty upon conviction of Misuse of Benefits by a Representative Payee is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; a $100 Special Assessment and Restitution.
Harford was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2012. The conviction arose from an allegation that from December 2010 to June 2011 the defendant defrauded the Old Age, Survivor, and Disability Insurance Program administered by the Social Security Administration by misusing Title II disability benefits she received as the representative payee.
This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration and was prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler. A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for April 15, 2013, in Aberdeen.
The defendant was released on bond.