Tonya Patrice Thomas Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 8, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, TONYA PATRICE THOMAS, a 39-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared for sentencing. THOMAS was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 12 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Restitution: $34,788.28
- Supervised Release: 3 years
THOMAS was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to bank 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:
THOMAS had a romantic relationship with R.G., a Nashua area farmer and rancher. In July of 2009, THOMAS took R.G.'s checkbook and, forging R.G.'s signature, began writing checks, most made payable to herself, off of R.G.'s bank account with the First Community Bank of Glasgow. Between July and November of 2009, THOMAS wrote and cashed $34,788.28 worth of fraudulent checks.
THOMAS was interviewed and admitted to the forgeries and the transaction of the checks with the knowledge that she was not authorized or otherwise given permission to access the account.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that THOMAS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, THOMAS 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.