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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pollock Woman Charged with Theft of Mail

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pollock, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft of Mail.

Elaine Reller, age 55, was indicted on April 18, 2016.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on April 22, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 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 on or about January 16, 2016, Reller stole, took, and abstracted mail, which belonged to someone else, from an authorized depository at the Pollock Post Office.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Reller was released on bond pending trial, which has not been set.

Updated April 23, 2016