Woman sentenced for wire fraud of Sioux Falls nonprofit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A woman from Brandon has been sentenced for her conviction of wire fraud at the McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls.

Crystal Nelson, 42, was sentenced 12 months and a day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and must pay restitution of $199,533.52 to McCrossan Boys Ranch.

The McCrossan Boys Ranch has operated for more than 60 years, helping boys and young men from the age of nine to 20 overcome the struggles and pain in their lives, expanding their horizons with one-on-one counselling and specialized education services. Each boy at the ranch is able to participate in a variety of activities and organizations like horsemanship, 4-H, Boy Scouts and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Nelson was employed as a bookkeeper for the McCrossan Boys Ranch when she began fraudulently inflating her payroll checks between December 2013 through September 2018. Nelson was able to hid the theft by debiting money from the payroll account and crediting and operating account, creating false documentation along the way.

Nelson also used the McCrossan Boys Ranch’s credit card for her own personal expenses and stole money from client fund accounts.


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