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Adena Rae Savage Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on September 27, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, ADENA RAE SAVAGE, a 31-year-old resident of East Helena, appeared for sentencing. SAVAGE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 7 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $10,035.86
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

SAVAGE was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to welfare 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:

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SAVAGE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SAVAGE 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General.



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