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Three convicted of federal theft, fraud cases in SD

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South Dakota Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation David Natvig announced on Friday sentencing in three separate federal cases investigated and compiled regarding fraud of theft and fraud of government funds.

Whitney Lynn Clark, 37, of Yankton was sentenced in U.S. District Court following a plea of guilty to one count of theft of government funds. Clark was sentenced to two years of supervised probation, a $100 court assessment, nearly $70,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration, South Dakota Medicaid and the South Dakota SNAP program.

An investigation showed Clark intentionally misled the SSA and South Dakota Department of Social Services from 2010 to 2017 to receive federal and state social welfare benefits.

In the case of Pamela Ann Olson, 47, of Sioux Falls was sentenced in federal court following a plea of guilty to one count of misuse by a representative payee. Olson was sentenced to six months of supervised probation, a $100.00 court assessment, restitution in the amount of more than $110,000. Of that, $109,992.71 is set to go to the Social Security Administration, after an investigation revealed that Olson was the representative payee for her father’s disability insurance benefits but was using those funds for her own personal use and not to pay for his cost-share portion of his VA nursing home bill.

Brianna Faith Breaw, 28, of Aberdeen was sentenced in federal court following a plea of guilty to one count of theft of government funds. Breaw was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison, a $100.00 court assessment, and more than $50,000 in restitution.

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That includes restitution in the amount of $12,360.99 to the Social Security Administration, $38,745.96 to South Dakota Medicaid, $4,996.00 to South Dakota SNAP, and restitution of $2,142.00 to Iowa SNAP.

The investigation revealed that Breaw intentionally made use of two names and Social Security numbers, one for employment and the other to improperly claim Title XVI Supplemental Security Income and SNAP benefits from 2014 through 2017.

“The persistence and hard work of our agents can often go unnoticed, but these cases signify the strength and professionalism of the DCI,” said Natvig in a statement. “I could not be prouder of the work done by my people and their cooperation with the Social Security Administration, and the United States Attorney’s office in these matters.”

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