United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with two counts of Theft From a Program Receiving Federal Funds.
Kevin S. Lewis, age 55, was charged on September 19, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on September 22, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on each count. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Lewis, while employed as the managing attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services, taking money rightfully belonging to Dakota Plains Legal Services. The charges are merely an accusation and Lewis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Legal Services Corporation, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.
Lewis was released pending trial. A trial date has not been set.