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Information: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The United States Attorney's Office today announced that those persons listed below were arraigned before the U.S. Magistrate and the indictments handed down by the Grand Jury unsealed.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on January 9, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JOLENE MARIE CALVIN, a 33-year-old resident of Billings appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious offenses charged in the indictment, CALVIN faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years supervised release. The investigation was conducted by the FBI Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 13-104

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on January 13, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JAIME ALBERTO GARZA, a 42-year-old resident of Othello, Washington appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, false representation of a Social Security Number, and identity theft. If convicted of the most serious offenses charged in the indictment, GARZA faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines, and five years supervised release. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Information Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Border Patrol, Montana Division of Criminal Investigations, Sidney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff's Office, Sweetgrass County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol. PACER Case Reference: 13-78

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on January 14, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JENNIFER ANN DONEY, a 47-year-old resident of Hays appeared on charges of theft from an Indian Tribal government receiving federal funds, and theft from an Indian Tribal organization. If convicted of the most serious offense charged in the indictment, DONEY faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years supervised release. This case was brought by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, as part of the Guardians Project. PACER Case Reference: 13-119
  • DAWN CECELIA JONES, a 33-year-old resident of Hays appeared on charges of theft from an Indian Tribal government receiving federal funds, and theft from an Indian Tribal organization. If convicted of the most serious offense charged in the indictment, JONES faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years supervised release. This case was brought by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, as part of the Guardians Project. PACER Case Reference: 13-119
  • SANDRA MARIE SANDERVILLE, a 58-year-old resident of Browning appeared on charges of theft from an Indian Tribal government receiving federal funds, and theft from an Indian Tribal organization. If convicted of the most serious offense charged in the indictment, SANDERVILLE faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years supervised release. This case was brought by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, as part of the Guardians Project. PACER Case Reference: 13-118

The indictment is merely a formal charging document. It is not proof of guilt and all persons indicted are presumed to be innocent of any crime until proof of guilt is established by trial or guilty plea.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently transitioning its media program to new media contacts. Resources and this transition may affect the amount of information the office can process and disclose in a timely manner. Therefore, if any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system so that you stay current and not miss any important developments in the case.

To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html.

To access the district court's calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

Keri

 

 

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