United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota

09/17/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/17/2020 08:53

Sioux Falls Woman Charged with Theft of Government Funds, False Statement, and Concealment of Information from SSI Program

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Funds, False Statement, and Concealment of Information from SSI Program.

Amber Lynn Roggenkamp, age 40, was indicted on September 1, 2020. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 15, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

On the Theft of Government charge, the Indictment alleges that between on or about February 6, 2017, and September 30, 2019, Roggenkamp willfully and knowingly embezzled, stole, and purloined money from Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Roggenkamp lied to the Social Security Administration in order to obtain SSI benefits for her son.

On the False Statement charge, the Indictment alleges that on or about July 12, 2019, Roggenkamp knowingly and willfully made false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representations during a SSI non-medical review. Roggenkamp did not accurately report her household resources, including the balance of her savings account.

Finally, on the Concealment of Information from SSI Program charge, the Indictment alleges that on or about September 28, 2017, Roggenkamp, having knowledge of the occurrence of an event affecting the initial and continued right to receive payment of Title XVI SSI benefits payments on behalf of another individual, concealed and failed to disclose such event with the intent to fraudulently secure such benefits in a greater amount and quantity than was due, and when no such benefit was authorized. Specifically, Roggenkamp failed to disclose the reactivation of her savings account with a large deposit in order to continue to receive and spend SSI benefits payments made by the Social Security Administration for the benefit of the minor child for whom she served as representative payee.

The charges are merely accusations and Roggenkamp is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Social Security Administration, Cooperative Disability Investigation Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman is prosecuting the case.

Roggenkamp was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.