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Rapid City Man Charged with Social Security Fraud

April 10, 2012
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 receiving Social Security payments knowing that he was not entitled to them.

Ray Red Leaf, age 39, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 20, 2012, for Theft of Government Property, False Statement, and Misuse of Funds by Representative Payee. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 4, 2012, and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Red Leaf is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case. Red Leaf was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.




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