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Informational: Federal Court Arraignment

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 24, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:

RODOLFO GUTIERREZ, JR., a 50-year-old resident of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Billings, appeared on charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, GUTIERREZ faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, GUTIERREZ faces an additional mandatory two year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for aggravated identity theft. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt G. Alme is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.



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