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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

KEITH KOVICK, a 60-year-old resident of Williston, North Dakota, appeared on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, and 21 counts of money laundering. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, KOVICK faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release on each count. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

WILLIAM JOSEPH VOTH, JR., a 46-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, VOTH faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy R. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

CARRIE JEAN WOODRUFF, a 38-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribute of methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WOODRUFF faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

AARON DEAN HOWELL, a 39-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, HOWELL faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

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.

 

 

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