Alaska Man Indicted on Grand Theft Charges

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Kent Lee Tompkins, 49, Sterling, Alaska, has been indicted by a Minnehaha County Grand jury on one count of attempted aggravated grand theft by deception, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 12.5 years and/or $25,000 fine and two counts of grand theft by deception, class 4 felony, punishably by up to 10 years and/or $20,000 fine.

The indictment charges that in early 2017, Tompkins formed a sham collection agency in an attempt to steal over $700,000 from the elderly victim. It is also alleged that the Defendant was successful in stealing $40,000.

Tompkins is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Office of Attorney General Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation, the Consumer Protection Division, and being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam is encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division in their state. South Dakota victims are encouraged to call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-300-1986 or email: consumerhelp@state.sd.us.