Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 19, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
ANDREA MACKOWIAK, a 33-year-old resident of Columbia Falls, appeared on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, MACKOWIAK faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Lahr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and any person named as a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.