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Eagle Butte Woman Indicted on Larceny and Bank Fraud Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Larceny and Bank Fraud.

Yesica Rose Lara, age 34, was indicted on March 9, 2020.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 11, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 30 years in federal prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between July 29, 2018 and September 11, 2018, Lara did unlawfully forge checks from closed accounts and attempted to cash them at multiple locations in Eagle Butte.  The Indictment further alleges that Lara attempted to execute a scheme and artifice to obtain moneys, funds, credits, asset, securities, or other property owned by financial institutions.

The charges are merely accusations and Lara is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

Lara was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated March 12, 2020