Woman accused of defrauding Rapid City Club for Boys pleads guilty

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A woman accused of embezzling money from the Rapid City Club for Boys pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday.

Olivia Kuehner, 48, took nearly $150,000 from the Club, as well as Collins Siding.

Additionally, from 2012 to 2017, Kuehner reported false information when filing her taxes, resulting in $183,000 not being paid.

Kuehner worked as an accounting manager at the Club for Boys from 2012 until her resignation in 2017. During that time, she devised a wire fraud scheme in which she made fraudulent payments using money belonging to the Club that was eventually transferred to various bank accounts for her own personal use.

Kuehner was indicted in January of 2018 for 20 counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering. She originally pleaded not guilty to all charges. On Friday, she pleaded guilty to single counts of wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.

She now faces up to 45 years in prison and will pay back more than $142,000 in restitution. This includes over $21,000 to Collins Siding, where she was briefly employed in 2017.

No sentencing date has been set.

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