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Update: Sioux Falls man allegedly used Tracfone to make robo-calls

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A Sioux Falls man is facing four counts of election law violations for robo-calls against top republicans in the South Dakota state legislature.

Daniel Willard, 31, of Sioux Falls is facing four Class 1 misdemeanors for the robo-calls. Willard faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for each misdemeanor charge.

According to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, the charges stem from robo-calls received on September 12 and September 17. The complaint was filed in Lake County where the phone calls were received and is accompanied with a Probable Cause Affidavit setting forth an investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

DCI was able to connect Willard to the calls through a Tracfone that was purchased at the eastside Walmart in Sioux Falls on September 11. DCI issued a subpoena to Walmart for a receipt of the purchase of the Tracfone. Wells Fargo was then subpoenaed for the corresponding Visa number, which linked back to Willard.

An email address associated with the Tracfone was also linked backed to the address of Willard's employer.

Each of the counts happened within 60 days of the November 6 election. According to the complaint, Willard paid for and sent robo-calls identifying Senator Russell Olson, Representative David Lust and Representative Brian Gosch, who were public officers and candidates for election at the time, without including the required disclaimer that identifies the person or organization behind the call--- making the contribution a violation.

The South Dakota Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case. A tentative initial appearance date is scheduled for December 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the Lake County Courthouse in Madison.


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