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Sturgis Woman Sentenced For Stealing Money From The American Federation Of Government Employees Union At The VA In Ft. Meade

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sturgis woman convicted of Larceny was sentenced on May 6, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.  Melody Wouden, a/k/a Melody Delong, age 49, was sentenced to 6 months of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Wouden was indicted for False Statement and Larceny by a federal grand jury on October 23, 2012.  The charges related to Wouden stealing less than $1,000 from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2342 while she was serving as the labor union’s president between 2008 and 2011.  Wouden pleaded guilty to the Larceny charge on January 15, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Department of Labor.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015