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AG: Sioux Falls man faces robo-call charges
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a complaint filed in Lake County accuses a Sioux Falls man of four counts of election law violations related to robo-calls made in September.

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The state is alleging that 31-year-old Daniel Willard made calls identifying Sen. Russell Olson and Reps. David Lust and Brian Gosch within 60 days of the election without including the required disclaimers. All three lawmakers are Republicans.

Calls made to Olson formed the basis for the allegations.

Willard referred questions to attorney Shawn Tornow, who says he hadn't yet seen the complaint but would likely have a response later.

The misdemeanor charges each carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 20 in Madison.

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