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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Canistota Woman Charged With Making And Subscribing False Tax Returns

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Canistota, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making and subscribing false tax returns.

Veronica Fairchild, age 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2013.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on July 16, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 3 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 1 year of supervised release and an additional year upon revocation; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Fairchild is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Fairchild was released pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015