Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 13, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:
DANA YVONNE KENT, a 49-year-old resident of Santa Ana, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, investment fraud/wire, and investment fraud/mail. She is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, KENT faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Interior - Office of Inspector General.
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.