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Press Release

Martin Woman Sentenced For Benefits Fraud

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Martin, South Dakota, woman convicted of Benefits Fraud was sentenced on February 7, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy.

Kelly Cottier, age 54, was sentenced to one year of probation, and ordered to pay a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and restitution in the amount of $186.23.

Cottier pled guilty to making a purchase at Sam’s Club in Rapid City with unlawfully obtained Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Department of Social Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015