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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 14, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

MELONY PASOLD, a 42-year-old resident of Sheridan, appeared on a charge of conveying false and misleading information of an aircraft bomb threat. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, PASOLD faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Lahr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation.

MARK MAKI, a 31-year-old resident of Three Forks, appeared on a charge of making false statements to the Social Security Administration. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, MAKI faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Inspector General's Office for the Social Security Administration.

The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are 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.

 

 

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