Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June, 15, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
JOHN BANTHEM, a 46-year-old resident of Livingston, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to a Racketeering and Corrupt Organization (R.I.C.O) violation. He is currently detained. If charged with this offense, BANTHAM faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. The Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other law enforcement agencies.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.