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Watauga Man Sentenced for Larceny

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

ABERDEEN - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Watauga, South Dakota, man convicted of Larceny was sentenced on December 5, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Arlen Eugene Kern, age 57, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, restitution in the amount of $9,376.59, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Kern was indicted for Larceny by a federal grand jury in December of 2021. He pleaded guilty on September 12, 2022.

Between 2018 and 2020, in McIntosh, South Dakota, within the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, Kern stole over $1,000 from his place of employment through the misuse of a company debit card. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Corson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

Kern was released after sentencing.

Updated December 9, 2022