Former South Dakota lawyer pleads not guilty in fraud scheme

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former western South Dakota lawyer accused in a trust account scheme has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of wire fraud, ten counts money laundering and one count of bank fraud. Forty-eight-year-old Rena Hymans, of Vale, appeared in federal court Monday. She was indicted last week by a federal grand jury.

Authorities say Hymans devised a scheme to transfer money from a client trust account to her own business and personal accounts. The alleged fraud took place between June 2017 and January 2020. A trial date has not been set.