Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on April 26, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
TERESA MARIE WILSON, a 57-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of labor union embezzlement, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, WILSON faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and five years supervised release. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Department of Labor.
TRAVIS LEE COLLINS, a 35-year-old resident of Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, COLLINS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of five years up to 40 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and at least four years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
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.