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Brandon Lee Johnson Pleads Guilty 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 8, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, BRANDON LEE JOHNSON, a 28-year-old resident of California, pled guilty to false representation of a Social Security number. Sentencing is set for October 29, 2009. He is currently detained.

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

On May 15, 2007, in order to obtain a Montana driver's license, JOHNSON completed a driver's license form at the Montana Motor Vehicle Division. When completing the form, JOHNSON represented that Social Security account number ***-**-9048 was his, when in fact he knew that number was not assigned to him.

JOHNSON faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

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



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