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Howes woman sentenced for credit union embezzlement

May 7, 2014
Contact: Ace Crawford

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Howes, South Dakota, woman convicted of embezzlement from a credit union was sentenced on April 29, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Robert A. Lange.

Sara Jo Morrison, age 33, was sentenced to 1 month in custody to be followed by 2 years of supervised release.  She was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $5,400.
Morrison was indicted for Credit Union Embezzlement by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013.  She pled guilty on January 14, 2014.
Between October 2010 and January 2011, Morrison was employed as a teller at a credit union in Eagle Butte. She took money from her teller drawer and then falsely recorded the drawer’s cash count on the credit union’s books.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.
Morrison was allowed to self-surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service on May 6, 2014.










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