Vermillion woman ordered to pay over $102K, serve jail time for defrauding Dept. of Social Services

Kari Rettig's charge she pleaded no contest to stemmed from her defrauding by falsifying documents such as tax returns and daycare bills.

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VERMILLION — A Vermillion woman who defrauded the state’s Department of Social Services was granted a suspended imposition on Tuesday after reaching a plea agreement.

Kari Rettig, 46, of Vermillion, was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail and pay $102,000 in restitution fines for social services fraud over $200, a Class 6 felony. Rettig pleaded no contest to the charge.

Although she was granted a suspended imposition, Rettig’s sentencing also entails serving two years of probation.

Court documents say that since Oct. 12, 2014, Rettig defrauded the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) on three occasions when she perjured to officials through the falsification and omission of documents and details including, but not limited to, tax returns, daycare bills, work records, her work and educational status, her household income and composition and more.

The false statements and omissions resulted in Rettig defrauding DSS of over $5,400 in food stamps and child care over the six year span, according to the indictment.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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