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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rapid City Man Charged With Theft Of Government Property

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Property.

Harold Compton, age 56, was indicted on March 18, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 20, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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 charge relates to Compton illegally taking overtime payments in an amount greater than $1,000 while working as a Deputy Superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2009.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015