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Chad Ganuelos Brooks Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on August 11 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, CHAD GANUELOS BROOKS, a 36-year-old resident of Polson, pled guilty to theft of federal property by fraud. Sentencing is set for October 30, 2009. He is currently released on special conditions.

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

From June 2001 through June 2007, CHAD GANUELOS BROOKS and his wife, Michelle Brooks, were overpaid at least $24,806 in federal Food Stamp Program benefits due to false statements they made to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS), in application, recertification, and six-month reports relating to their household income and household composition.

Michelle Brooks pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.

BROOKS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - 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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