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Information: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 19, 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 August 19, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

SCOTT JAMES NICHOLS, a 42-year-old resident of Lockwood, appeared on charges of sexual exploitation of children, attempted sexual exploitation of children, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, NICHOLS faces 30 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Billings Police Department. PACER Case Reference: 14-81

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on August 19, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

ROBERT DOUGLAS KORTUM, a 59-year-old resident of Anaconda, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, KORTUM faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-18

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on August 19, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

JOHN GRIMSON LYON, a 60-year-old resident of Clifton, Virginia, appeared on charges of wire fraud; false claims and theft of government property. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LYON faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General. PACER Case Reference: 14-57

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.

 

 

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