Last week, it was announced that a man and woman from Mission, South Dakota had been indicted by a federal grand jury for Wire Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Ron Parsons. 35-year-old Mark Edward O’Leary and 35-year-old Sharli Colombe were indicted on February 14, 2018.
The defendants appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 15, 2018. Both pled not guilty to the Indictment. The indictment alleges that between February 4, 2011 through June 6, 2017 the defendants passed at least 544 checks from a bank account not belonging to either of them. The checks were used for personal items. The owner of the bank account never authorized the transactions.
At this point in time, the defendants remain innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Colombe and O’Leary were both released on bond. A trial date has not yet been set. If convicted, the defendants will face a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in custody. Additional details have been made available here.