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Adena Rae Savage Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, April 09, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena on April 9, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, ADENA RAE SAVAGE, a 31-year-old resident of East Helena, pled guilty to welfare fraud. Sentencing has been set for September 16, 2010. She 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:

During a two year period between March 2006 and April 2008, SAVAGE made false statements to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) in order to obtain $11,768 in Food Stamp and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits to which she would not have otherwise been entitled to receive.

Prior to March 2006, SAVAGE had been receiving both Food Stamp and TANF assistance. Beginning on March 2, 2006, however, SAVAGE made false claims for those benefits by failing to disclose facts material to eligibility.

SAVAGE was interviewed in October 2009 and admitted to all of the concealments and misrepresentations. SAVAGE indicated that her addiction to drugs had led her to fraudulently obtain Food Stamp and TANF benefits. Her former husband confirmed that he had contributed income that was not reported.

Total loss amount: $11,768.

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

The investigation was conducted by 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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