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St. Francis Woman Guilty of Making False Statements to a Federal Agency

April 30, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Candice Waln, age 34, of St. Francis, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on April 30, 2013, and pled guilty to Making False Statements to a Federal Agency.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on November 9, 2012, when federal agents arrived at Waln’s residence to serve an arrest warrant on an individual.  Waln told the agents that individual was not present and was in another community when in fact he was actually hiding nearby.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Maher.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for July 22, 2013.  The defendant was released pending sentencing.



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