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Christopher Michael Pattison Pleads Guilty and Sentenced in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on July 9, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL PATTISON, a 36-year-old citizen of England, pled pled guilty and was sentenced on the charge of false representation of a Social Security number.

PATTISON was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 149 day (time served)
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 2 years

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In August of 2007, PATTISON'S wife contacted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Helena. She said her husband was using multiple Social Security numbers for work, bank accounts, and credit accounts.

A subsequent investigation revealed that in January of 2006, PATTISON applied for a Montana driver's license using Social Security account number ***-**-2675. In April of 2007, PATTISON applied for a loan in Townsend and again used Social Security account number ***-**-2675.

If this case had proceeded to trial, evidence would have shown that Social Security account number ***-**-2675 does not belong to PATTISON. Other documents that had been turned over to ICE by PATTISON'S wife, including fraudulent and valid Social Security cards, drivers licenses, birth certificates, and miscellaneous papers would also have been presented. Among those various documents are two Social Security cards bearing PATTISON'S name, but numbers not issued to him.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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