INFORMATIONAL: FEDERAL COURT ARRAIGNMENT
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 9, 2012, before Senior U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Holter, the following individual was arraigned:
RHONDA LEE DEVRIES, a 50-year-old resident of Malta, appeared on charges of bank embezzlement, credit card fraud, and money laundering. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, DEVRIES faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad 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.