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Rapid City Woman Sentenced for Theft and Fraud

August 13, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City woman convicted of Theft of Government Property, Providing Fictitious Name and Address to the United States Postal Service, and Fraudulent Acceptance of VA Payments was sentenced on July 27, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. Patricia Maki, age 69, was sentenced to 5 years' probation and ordered to pay $225 to the Victim Assistance Fund and $54,940 in restitution to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Maki used an unauthorized ATM card to withdraw the funds from an account receiving auto deposits from the VA.

The beneficiary of the funds died in 2004, and Maki had no legal entitlement to the funds. The fraud was uncovered by the VA in 2012 using a project called the “Death Match.”

Between May 2004 and May 2010, Maki took VA payments she knew she was not entitled to. She was found guilty on April 11, 2012, by a jury after a trial in federal court.

This case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.



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