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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Rapid City Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Money Order Fraud

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Money Order Fraud.

Eden Tawiah, a/k/a Eden Rosales, a/k/a Eden Holt, age 31, was indicted on January 21, 2015.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on January 29, 2015, 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 charge relates to Tawiah knowingly passing fraudulent money orders in the District of South Dakota in September of 2014.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Tawiah was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has been set for April 7, 2015.

Updated June 22, 2015