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Chad Ganuelos Brooks and Michelle Lynn Brooks Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 30, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CHAD GANUELOS BROOKS, age 36, and MICHELLE LYNN BROOKS, age 45, residents of Polson, appeared for sentencing.

They were each sentenced to a term of:

  • Probation: 5 years
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $25,530

In addition, MICHELLE BROOKS was sentenced to 6 months of home arrest.

They were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas to theft of federal property by fraud.

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 and 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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

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



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