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Informational: Federal Court Arraignment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:

CHARLES ANDRE DESCHANEL, a 54-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of making false claims and identity theft. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, DESCHANEL faces possible penalties of 15 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 a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.

The defendant 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.

 

 

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