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Mission Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Wire Fraud was sentenced by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Calvin Waln, Jr., a/k/a “Hawkeye” Waln, age 42, was sentenced on October 5, 2020, to time served, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered within 30 days.

Waln was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2019.  The charge related to Waln inheriting funds from a life insurance policy of his mothers.  The funds were deposited into a bank account and a checkbook was provided to Waln for his use.  Waln depleted the funds and then passed nine additional checks totaling $2,525.00, knowing there were insufficient funds in the account.  Waln also used checks linked to a Wells Fargo account, which he knew was closed at least seven years, to write thirteen additional checks knowing there was no account with funds to cover them.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Sazama prosecuted the case.

Updated October 16, 2020

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