Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 13, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
JOHN EDWARD LEWTON, a 50-year-old resident of Whitehall, appeared on a charge of commercial activity without a license. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, LEWTON faces possible penalties of 1 year in prison, a $100,000 fine and 1 year supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the Bureau of Land Management and the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service.
NANCY ALLISON McCALL, a resident of Tavares, Florida, appeared on charges of credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of these charges, McCALL faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, McCALL faces an additional mandatory two year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for aggravated identity theft. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service.
The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are 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.