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Attorney General Jason R. Ravnsborg

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Minnehaha County Man Convicted for Financial Elder Abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215   

PIERRE, S.D.  –  Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Minnehaha County jury returned a verdict finding Ronald Wayne Whalen, 47, Sioux Falls, guilty of 1 count of forgery, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.
“The Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Division is working hard to protect our seniors from fraud and abuse. If you have any information about elder abuse, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at 605-773-3215,” said Jackley.
Charges stem from an incident in which the defendant took financial advantage of his senior neighbor on January 30, 2017.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the South Dakota Attorney General’s Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Subdivision.

A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.