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Court update: Sentencing date for Keim continued to February 3

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A sentencing in the U.S. District Court case against Janine Keim, 69, of Denison, has been continued to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, under a resetting order filed yesterday (Thursday, November 18).

The sentencing date had previously been set for 1 p.m. on Monday, November 22.

The order filed on Thursday set aside three hours for the sentencing on February 3.

It will take place in the third floor courtroom at the federal courthouse in Sioux City.

The order for continuation follows an unresisted motion for continuance filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux City last Friday, November 12. That motion said that some of the witnesses that Keim intended to call were not available on November 22 and that Keim needed additional time to secure the presence of other witnesses that she intends to offer live at sentencing.

The government had no objection to a continuance.

On May 24, Keim, former manager of Consumers Credit Union in Denison, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Sioux City to making false statements to an officer, auditor or examiner of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

The charge is the second of two counts on which Keim was indicted on December 8 last year.

Count 1 was embezzlement by a Credit Union Employee. According to a document filed in federal court, Count 1 is to be dismissed at the time of sentencing, per a plea agreement.

The embezzlement charge had accused Keim of taking approximately $1,486,647 from Consumers Credit Union from May 2012 through March 2018.

The charge of making false statements says Keim completed and filed call reports representing that certain monies or funds were held by Consumers Credit Union when she knew the call reports were incorrect and that Consumers Credit Union did not hold the funds. The charge continues that this was done to conceal monies or funds taken by Keim and at least one other employee.

Keim’s sister, Brenda Jensen, 54, who had been the head teller for Consumers Credit Union, was sentenced on May 25 to 36 month’s imprisonment for embezzling nearly $1.5 million from the credit union from May 2012 through March 2018. She was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,461,480.29. She was also ordered to serve two years’ supervised release after the prison term.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to online information from the Bureau of Prisons, Jensen is serving her time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Waseca, Minnesota. Her release date is listed as February 20, 2024.

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