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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mission Man and Woman Charged with Wire Fraud

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a man and a woman from Mission, South Dakota, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Wire Fraud.

Mark Edward O’Leary, age 35, and Sharli Colombe, age 35, were indicted on February 14, 2018. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 15, 2018, and both pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between February 4, 2011, through June 6, 2017, O’Leary and Colombe passed at least 544 checks drawn on a bank account not belonging to either of them. The checks were used for personal items for O’Leary and Colombe and the purchases or deposits were not authorized by the owner of the bank account.

The charges are merely accusations and O’Leary and Colombe are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.

O’Leary and Colombe were released on bond. A trial date has not been set.

Updated February 16, 2018