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Terrena Lynn Blackman Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 15, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, TERRENA LYNN BLACKMAN, a 25-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. BLACKMAN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Probation: 2 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $3,100
  • Supervised Release: 2 years

BLACKMAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to theft from a health care facility.

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:

The Blackfeet Care Center is an agency of tribal government providing health care services to members of the Blackfeet Tribe, and other qualifying patients, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

BLACKMAN began working for the Care Center in 2007 as the Business Office Assistant. As part of her duties, BLACKMAN was charged with the reconciliation of bank statements and Care Center checks.

Between November 12, 2008, and December 1, 2008, BLACKMAN wrote thirteen checks on the account of the Blackfeet Care Center and forged the signature of her supervisor to negotiate the fraudulent checks into cash. When the fraudulent checks came back into her possession after their negotiation and return to the Care Center by the bank, BLACKMAN shredded most or all of the fraudulent checks.

When confronted by employees of the Care Center, BLACKMAN admitted to the embezzlement and was terminated.

The loss amount to the Care Center was $3,100.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BLACKMAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BLACKMAN does 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 Blackfeet Tribal Investigations Internal Affairs.



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