Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 26, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
ASHLEY LAMERE, a 31-year-old resident of Billings, and JODI ADKINS BIRDINGROUND, a 36-year-old resident of Thornton, Colorado, appeared on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and bribery. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the General Services Administration - Office of Inspector General, the Naval Criminal Investigative Services, the Department of Defense - Office of Inspector General, the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.
JAMES WILLIAM McCUTCHEON, age 49, and TAMMIE LYNN McCUTCHEON, age 40, residents of Roundup, appeared on charges of assault of a U.S. Officer. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted, JAMES McCUTCHEON, faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release and TAMMIE LYNN McCUTCHEON faces possible penalties of 8 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica T. Betley and Marcia K. Hurd are the prosecutors for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the Forest 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.