Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 24, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, the following individual was arraigned:
SAMUEL TODD HANDY, age 43, appeared on a charge of making a false statement to a federal agency. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, HANDY faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. Archer is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.