Multiple Sioux Falls residents sentenced for conspiracy to commit bank fraud

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KELO Court Two

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that two men and four women from Sioux Falls have been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud.

Brande Black, age 40, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Wakinyan Gay, age 20, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $11,135.90, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Cornell Butler, age 46, has been sentenced to time served, 5 years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $3,093.13, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Vanessa Carr, age 38, was sentenced time served, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Brandy Scholl, age 39, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $32,189.07, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Brittany Hockett, age 28, was sentenced to time served, 4 years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $17,110.04, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

All Defendants pled guilty to the convictions that stemmed from incidents beginning on or about July 18, 2017, and continuing through August 30, 2017. 

According to court documents the Defendants knowingly and willfully conspired and agreed together and with each other, to execute a scheme to defraud one or more financial institutions in the District of South Dakota. 

One or more of the conspirators stole legitimate checks from various unsecured mailboxes in the Sioux Falls area and altered them by removing some of the original information regarding the payee and the payment amount. 

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