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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 23, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 21, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

JOURDIN VAL VILLARREAL, a 23-year-old resident of Everett, Washington appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, VILLARREAL 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 Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SCOTT EDWARD McLAREN, a 37-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, McLAREN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Bozeman Police Department, and the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation.

JASON LAWRENCE CARRICK, a 34-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, CARRICK faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Helena Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation.

LINDSEY WILLIAMS, a 29-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on a charge of Social Security fraud. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, WILLIAMS faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

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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